Skip To Content
Healthcare Summit

Spelman College Healthcare Summit Speakers

Erika T. Brown, C’93, Ph.D.

Erika Brown
Panelist: The Role of Big Data in the Biomedical Science

Erika T. Brown joined Morehouse School of Medicine in 2013 as the associate dean for Faculty Affairs and Development and is a professor in the Department of Pathology and Anatomy. Prior to joining MSM, Brown served on the faculty and administration at the Medical University of South Carolina from 2004 to 2013. Her faculty positions were in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in the Research Pathology Division, and in the MUSC Hollings Cancer Center. She also served as a director in the Office of the Provost.

Brown received her bachelor’s in biology/biochemistry (minor) from Spelman College and doctorate in medical genetics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She completed her postdoctoral studies in oncology and radiation biology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.  

With respect to her research, Brown has studied the roles of the proteins BRCA1 and 2 in breast cancer and repair of damaged DNA since 1999. She is also engaged in ground-breaking, minority health disparities research examining the frequency of breast cancer genetic variants in the Sea Island, Georgia, populations, which has the highest percentage of West African ancestry in the U.S. She has received grant funding from the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program, and currently serves as a grant reviewer for both agencies.  

Her numerous honors and awards include Sigma Xi Scientific Honor Society membership, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Minority Scientist Spotlight, American Association for Cancer Research Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Award, and 2000 UNCF-Pfizer Postdoctoral Fellowship recipient. Brown most recently had the distinction of being a fellow in the 2014-15 class of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program for Women and is being elected to the Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Faculty Affairs National Steering Committee.