New president has wide range of experience


Dr. Mark Schlissel’s career in the field of education is marked by service in a wide range of academic and administrative roles.

Schlissel, 56, born in Brooklyn, N.Y., has been provost at Brown University since 2011. He also served as interim dean of biology and medicine and professor of biology at Brown.

Earlier at the University of California, Berkeley, he served as dean of biological sciences, director of the Berkeley Health Sciences Initiative and C.H. Li Chair of Biochemistry, professor of immunology, and professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, Shubert Family Associate Professor of Biochemistry, and associate professor of immunology in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology.

Prior to that, he served as an associate professor and assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in the Department of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, and Department of Oncology.

Schlissel earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1979 from Princeton University where he majored in biochemical sciences. He then earned a medical degree and a doctorate in -physiological chemistry, both from Johns Hopkins University.

Honors and awards include summa cum laude distinction as an undergraduate, the Michael A. Shanoff Research Award, a Bristol-Myers Cancer Research Fellowship, Cancer Research Institute Investigator Award, Graduate Student Teaching Award (1998), and NIH Merit Award.

Schlissel has served extensively as an invited lecturer and with professional organizations.



  1. Debra Schwartz
    on January 27, 2014 at 5:36 am

    Every New Yorker is asking, Where did he go to high school? Please let us know! Thanks.

  2. Paul Siegel
    on February 7, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Dr. Mark Schlissel’s early history – childhood, family???

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