Igor Brodsky: Professor Robert B. Marshak at Penn Vet


Igor Brodsky: Professor Robert B. Marshak at Penn Vet

Andrew M. Hoffman, Dean Gilbert S. Kahn of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) has appointed internationally renowned microbiologist Igor Brodsky as the first Robert R. Marshak Professor.

Dr. Brodsky holds an extraordinary record of scholarly achievement. His research program focuses on the interplay of bacterial virulence mechanisms and host innate immune recognition strategies, including how bacterial pathogens are detected by host cells, how this detection contributes to immune defense. antimicrobial and how bacterial pathogens evade innate immune recognition.

Dr. Brodsky is a member of several graduate groups and interdisciplinary research groups at Penn, including the Immunology Graduate Group, the Cellular and Molecular Biology Graduate Group, the Institute of Immunology, and the Penn Center for Genome Integrity.

He has received continued support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is currently a principal investigator (PI) on two R01 grants and one R21 grant, and a mentor or co-PI on several other grants from the NIH, National Science Foundation, and of the American Heart Association. He has mentored over 20 students and fellows from across the United States and around the world.

“Dr. Brodsky’s scientific work has been published in more than 70 peer-reviewed publications, literature reviews, and guest commentary in high-impact journals,” said Dean Hoffman. numerous awards, including the highly competitive Burroughs Wellcome Fund Investigator for the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease Award. Dr. Brodsky has published in journals such as Nature; Immunity, infection and immunity; Journal of Immunology; Pathogen PLoS; Journal of Experimental Medicine; PNAS; and Cell. He is highly sought after by editorial boards and grant review committees, and as a presenter at invited and nominated scientific conferences.

Dr. Brodsky received his AB from Princeton University in Molecular Biology and his Ph.D. from Stanford University in Microbiology and Immunology. After postdoctoral fellowships at Stanford University and Yale University, Dr. Brodsky joined the Penn Vet faculty as an assistant professor of pathobiology in 2011. Six years later, in 2017, he was promoted associate professor with a secondary appointment as associate professor of microbiology in the Perelman School of Medicine.

Dr. Brodsky was appointed chair of the Department of Pathobiology in 2021 (Almanac September 7, 2021). He provides many services to the scientific community as a member of the editorial boards of PLoS Pathogens and Infection and immunityand as a member of NIH Study Section panels.

“The late Dean Emeritus Robert R. Marshak, DVM, DACVIM, established the National Cancer Institute-sponsored Bovine Leukemia Research Center and designed the Animal Health and Diagnostics Commission and Tripartite Laboratory System of diagnosis from Pennsylvania following a major outbreak of avian influenza in the 1980s,” said Dean Hoffman (Almanac November 3, 2020). “It is fitting that Dr. Brodsky, a leader and distinguished researcher in the field of infectious diseases, be honored as the first Robert R. Marshak Professor. He is a born educator and dedicated mentor who embraces the entire mission of Penn Vet.

The award of an appointed and endowed faculty position is the highest honor bestowed on a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania and reflects a commitment to scientific discovery, mentorship, and service.


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