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Edward Hawrot, PhD

Associate Dean of Biology
Alva O. Way University Professor of Medical Science

Dean Hawrot is the administrative and academic leader of Brown's Program in Biology. He maintains a research program focusing on the molecular and structural basis for the specificity of drug-receptor interactions, especially in the brain. In particular, his lab is trying to understand the functional significance of the various related subtypes of nicotinic acetylcholine receptor found in neurons. The nicotinic acetylcholine receptor is better known for its mediation of synaptic transmission at the junction between motor nerves and skeletal muscle, but related variants in the brain are likely involved in nicotine addiction and in the cognitive-enhancing effects of nicotine.

Dean Hawrot is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, the Society for Neuroscience, the American Biophysical Society, and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Dean Hawrot lectures in Biotechnology in Medicine (BI017) and in the medical school pharmacology course.

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