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Derek C. Braun, Ph.D. began teaching at Gallaudet in 1995 as an adjunct and has been tenure track since 2000.

As a graduate student, Dr. Braun was a NIH National Service Research Award (NRSA) fellow. His graduate research at the University of Maryland was on the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae. He investigated and published on the genetics of its lipooligosaccharide antigenic variation. After graduation from the University of Maryland, Dr. Braun worked at the National Cancer Institute, NIH, from 2002 through 2006, where he studied signal transduction pathways important in cancer and pain. Dr. Braun was awarded a provisional patent for developing a fluorescent tool for high-throughput screening of potential anticancer drugs.

In 2006, Dr. Braun was selected to design and direct the Molecular Genetics Laboratory, Gallaudet's first biological research laboratory. This new laboratory was built on renovated space on the 4th floor of the Hall Memorial Building (HMB). Undergraduate students and summer interns perform research in the laboratory alongside deaf faculty.

Dr. Braun has been involved in the honors program for many years and was a honors student while enrolled at Gallaudet. He has taught Honors Introductory Biology, a Honors seminar in Bioterrorism, a Honors interdisciplinary course with Dr. Tonya Stremlau on nutrition science and American food marketing entitled 'The American Diet', and has served as an advisor and second reader for Honors senior capstone projects

  • BIO-105 Introduction to Human Biology (2013/01)(02)
  • BIO-105 Introduction to Human Biology (2011/02)(03)
  • BIO-105 Introduction to Human Biology (2011/02)(04)
  • BIO-211 Genetics (2014/02)(01)
  • BIO-211 Genetics (2014/02)(91)
  • BIO-221 Microbiology (2014/01)(01)
  • BIO-221 Microbiology (2014/01)(91)
  • BIO-233 Human Anatomy & Physio I (2012/01)(01)
  • BIO-233 Human Anatomy & Physio I (2010/02)(01)
  • BIO-233 Human Anatomy & Physio I (2013/02)(01)
  • BIO-233 Human Anatomy & Physio I (2012/01)(91)
  • BIO-233 Human Anatomy & Physio I (2010/02)(91)
  • BIO-233 Human Anatomy & Physio I (2013/02)(91)
  • BIO-296 Research Experience I (2011/01)(01)
  • BIO-296 Research Experience I (2012/01)(01)
  • BIO-296 Research Experience I (2011/02)(01)
  • BIO-296 Research Experience I (2013/02)(01)
  • BIO-296 Research Experience I (2014/02)(02)
  • BIO-321 Pathogenic Microbiology (2012/02)(01)
  • BIO-321 Pathogenic Microbiology (2012/02)(91)
  • BIO-396 Research Experience II (2013/01)(01)
  • BIO-396 Research Experience II (2011/02)(01)
  • BIO-396 Research Experience II (2012/02)(01)
  • BIO-495 Special Topics (2010/01)(01)
  • BIO-496 Research Experience III (2012/01)(01)
  • BIO-499 Independent Study (2009/01)(01)
  • BIO-499 Independent Study (2010/01)(01)
  • BIO-499 Independent Study (2010/01)(02)
  • BIO-499 Independent Study (2009/01)(03)
  • BIO-499 Independent Study (2010/02)(03)
  • GSR-230 Scientific and Quantitative Re (2009/01)(01)
  • GSR-230 Scientific and Quantitative Re (2009/02)(01)
  • BIO-105 Introduction to Human Biology (2018/01)(01)
  • BIO-105 Introduction to Human Biology (2019/02)(01)
  • BIO-105 Introduction to Human Biology (2020/01)(03)
  • BIO-105 Introduction to Human Biology (2020/01)(91)
  • BIO-105 Introduction to Human Biology (2018/01)(92)
  • BIO-201 Rsrch Mthds in the Sciences (2020/01)(01)
  • BIO-211 Genetics (2015/02)(01)
  • BIO-211 Genetics (2016/02)(01)
  • BIO-211 Genetics (2015/02)(91)
  • BIO-211 Genetics (2016/02)(91)
  • BIO-221 Microbiology (2016/01)(01)
  • BIO-221 Microbiology (2019/01)(01)
  • BIO-221 Microbiology (2017/02)(01)
  • BIO-221 Microbiology (2016/01)(91)
  • BIO-221 Microbiology (2019/01)(91)
  • BIO-221 Microbiology (2017/02)(91)
  • BIO-233 Human Anatomy & Physio I (2015/01)(01)
  • BIO-233 Human Anatomy & Physio I (2017/01)(01)
  • BIO-233 Human Anatomy & Physio I (2015/01)(91)
  • BIO-233 Human Anatomy & Physio I (2017/01)(91)
  • BIO-251 Nutrition (2018/01)(01)
  • BIO-251 Nutrition (2019/01)(01)
  • BIO-295 Special Topics (2018/01)(01)
  • BIO-296 Research Experience I (2015/01)(01)
  • BIO-321 Pathogenic Microbiology (2019/02)(01)
  • BIO-321 Pathogenic Microbiology (2019/02)(91)
  • BIO-396 Research Experience II (2015/02)(01)
  • GSR-230 Scientific and Quantitative Re (2018/01)(05)
  • GSR-240 Ethical Evaluations and Action (2019/01)(07)
  • BIO-105 Introduction to Human Biology (2020/02)(91)
  • BIO-105 Introduction to Human Biology (2020/02)(94)
  • BIO-211 Genetics (2020/02)(01)
  • BIO-211 Genetics (2020/02)(02)
  • BIO-251 Nutrition (2020/03)(OL1)
  • GSR-230 Scientific and Quantitative Re (2020/03)(OL1)
  • BIO-105 Introduction to Human Biology (2021/01)(91)
  • BIO-221 Microbiology (2021/01)(01)
  • BIO-221 Microbiology (2021/01)(91)
  • Turning up the Heat on Pain: TRPV1 Receptors in Pain and Inflammation
  • The lgtABCDE gene cluster, involved in lipooligosaccharide biosynthesis in Neisseria gonorrhoeae, contains multiple promoter sequences
  • A Proposal for Deaf Science Education
  • Role of phorbol ester localization in determining protein kinase C or RasGRP3 translocation: real-time analysis using fluorescent ligands and proteins
  • The Deaf Mentoring Survey: A Community Cultural Wealth Framework for Measuring Mentoring Effectiveness with Underrepresented Students.
  • Analysis by fluorescence resonance energy transfer of the interaction between ligands and protein kinase Cdelta in the intact cell
  • Welcoming Deaf Students into STEM: Recommendations for University Science Education.
  • Deaf intermarriage has limited effect on the prevalence of recessive deafness and no effect on underlying allelic frequency
  • Biological profile of the less lipophilic and synthetically more accessible bryostatin 7 closely resembles that of bryostatin 1.
  • Kinetics of penetration influence the apparent potency of vanilloids on TRPV1
  • "Everyone Was Nice...But I Was Still Left Out": An Interview Study About Deaf Interns' Research Experiences in STEM
  • A novel diacylglycerol-lactone shows marked selectivity in vitro among C1 domains of protein kinase C (PKC) isoforms alpha and delta as well as selectivity for RasGRP compared with PKCalpha
  • Workshop for Emerging Deaf and Hard of Hearing Scientists: A White Paper
  • Structural Basis for the Failure of the C1 Domain of Ras Guanine Nucleotide Releasing Protein 2 (RasGRP2) to Bind Phorbol Ester with High Affinity
  • Composition of matter and methods of use of fluorescent protein kinases.
  • Carderock [guidebook]
  • Anthropological Genetics of Connexin 26 Deafness
  • Evolutionary Genetics of Connexin 26 Deafness
  • Evolutionary Genetics of Connexin 26 Deafness
  • Tracing the roots of deafness
  • Population Genetics of Cx26 Deafness: Frequency, Mutability, History and Geography
  • Applications of the Deaf Mentoring Survey to Medical Education
  • Best Practices to Mentor and Collaborate with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Scientists
  • Welcoming Deaf Students into STEM: Recommendations and Research
  • Mentoring Deaf Students in UREs: The Value of Cultural Competency
  • Production of multiple lipooligosaccharide epitopes by Neisseria gonorrhoeae is mediated by noncoordinate transcription of the lgtABCDE genes
  • Kinetics of uptake and localization of fluorescent phorbol ester and protein kinase C or RasGRP3 as a function of time after phorbol ester addition
  • A novel diacylglycerol lactone shows marked selectivity in vitro among C1 domains of PKC isoforms α and δ as well as selectivity for RasGRP compared to PKC
  • The 35delG and 167delT mutations in Connexin 26, responsible for genetic deafness, originated in founders
  • Effects of Conductive Buffers on DNA Mobility
  • Does genetic hypermutability contribute to the prevalence of connexin 26 deafness?
  • Linguistic homogamy explains the recent increase in phenotypic deafness, but does not predict an increase in frequency of deafness alleles
  • Practical and inexpensive DNA fingerprinting for undergraduate science majors and high school students
  • Production of multiple lipooligosaccharides by Neisseria gonorrhoeae is mediated by non-coordinate transcription of the lgtABCDE genes
  • Differential transcription of the lgtABCDE genes contributes to lipooligosaccharide phase variation in Neisseria gonorrhoeae
  • The use of novel, fluorescent phorbol esters to investigate the regulation of protein kinase C and RasGRP, therapeutic targets for cancer treatment
  • Advances in drug discovery for protein kinase C targets using fluorescent methods
  • Ligand-induced dimerization of protein kinase C delta
  • The 35delG mutation responsible for connexin 26 deafness in Turkish probands, may be descended from a single common founder
  • The 35delG and 167delT mutations in connexin 26, responsible for genetic deafness, may have originated in common founders
  • Analysis of 13q12.11 loci from 1000 Genomes Project sequences show GJB2 to be under stabilizing selection
  • An Investigation into the Origins of the 35delG and 167delT Mutation Which Causes Connexin 26 Deafness
  • Experimental study of electrophoresis buffers
  • CODIS fingerprinting
  • Linguistic homogamy explains the recent increase in phenotypic deafness, but does not predict an increase in frequency of deafness alleles
  • Practical and inexpensive DNA fingerprinting for undergraduate science majors and high school students
  • Why is connexin 26 deafness common? Is it because of genetic hypermutability?
  • The Effect of Assortative Mating Between Deaf Individuals and How it Affects the Frequency of Connexin 26
  • The Effect of Assortative Mating Between Deaf Individuals and How it Affects the Frequency of Connexin 26
  • Assortative mating due to language preference can greatly accelerate the fixation of new alleles
  • Applications of the Deaf Community Cultural Wealth Mentoring Survey to Medical Education
  • Increasing the Number of Deaf Scientists: Recommendations for Better Research Internship Experiences
  • Lipooligosaccharide Biosynthesis in the Neisseriaceae - National Service Research Award (NRSA)
- F31 AI09636- (NIH - NIAID)
  • Beverley Taylor Sorenson Student Fellowship (endowment)- (Sorenson)
  • Beverly Taylor Sorenson Renovation Fund (endowment)- (Sorenson)
  • Brienna Herold-Biology (Honors Thesis) 2012/02-2013/02
  • Megan Clancy-Biology (Honors Thesis) 1997/01-1997/02
  • Megan Majocha-Biology (Honors Thesis) 2017/01-2017/02
  • Faculty Senate: Member 2004/01-2006/02
  • Faculty Welfare Committee: Member 2008/01-2010/02
  • Uncontrolled: Member 2000/02-2000/02
  • Chair, Academic Integrity Committee 2007/01-2008/02
  • Presidential Search Committee 2005/01-2005/02
  • Chair, Biology Program Search Committee 2011/01-2011/02
  • Chair, Biology Program Search Committee 2013/01-2013/02
  • Chair, Biology Program Search Committee 2016/01-2016/02
  • Chair, Information Technology Program Search Committee 2012/01-2012/02
  • Chair, Information Technology Program Search Committee 2013/01-2013/02
  • Coordinator for First Year Biology Laboratory Sections 2001/01-2007/02
  • Organizing Committee Member, Workshop for Emerging Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Scientists 2011/01-2011/03
  • HMB Science Lab Renovation Core Team 2013/01-2015/02
  • Organizing Committe Member, Genetics, Disability, and Deafness 2002/01-2002/02
  • Chair, Molecular Genetics Laboratory Renovation 2006/01-2008/02
  • Editorial Board: CBE-Life Sciences Education (LSE) 2018/02
  • Reviewer: National Science Foundation 2020/02
  • Chair: 2nd International Deaf Academics and Researchers Conference 2003/01-2003/02
  • Chapter President: American Association of University Professors (AAUP) 2020/02
  • American Association of University Professors (AAUP): September 2019
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    Derek Braun

    N449 Hall Memorial Building

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