Division of Biology and Medicine

About the Division

Faculty, students, and staff in the Division of Biology and Medicine are unified in their mission to create new knowledge, to teach and to learn, and to change the world through research and patient care.


The mission of the Division of Biology and Medicine at Brown University is to advance knowledge and the health and well-being of people and planet.

Our Vision

Our vision is to be internationally recognized for an integrated approach to transformative and socially responsible research, education and service in the life sciences. We will attract, inspire and cultivate the leading scholars in biology and medicine.

Our Values

  • Integrity
  • Creativity, innovation, and discovery
  • Initiative, commitment and accountability
  • Education through active engagement
  • Collaboration across disciplines and institutions
  • Social responsibility, both local and global
  • Inclusiveness and respect for diversity

Biology and Medicine at Brown

The Division of Biology and Medicine at Brown is composed of The Warren Alpert Medical School and the Program in Biology (which includes study at the undergraduate and graduate levels). It is home to four basic biology departments and 14 clinical departments as well as two hybrid departments, and is affiliated with seven diverse teaching hospitals in and around Providence. Together with Brown's hospital partners, the collective research enterprise in the life and health sciences attracts $247 million in sponsored research funding per year.

The Warren Alpert Medical School

doctors in masks looking at a screenSince granting its first Doctor of Medicine degrees in 1975, Brown's medical school has become a national leader in medical education and biomedical research. By attracting first-class physicians and researchers to Rhode Island over the past four decades, the Medical School and its seven affiliated teaching hospitals have radically improved the state's health care environment, from health care policy to patient care.

The Warren Alpert Medical School

Program in Biology

researcher filling test tube in a labBrown's Program in Biology comprises five basic science departments offering undergraduate and graduate study in the life sciences. All Program in Biology faculty are dedicated to providing the best educational and research experiences to undergraduate students and graduate and postdoctoral trainees. Their overarching goal is to help students deepen their understanding of biology at the environmental, organismal, cellular, and molecular levels.

Program in Biology