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Barbara Lavin Brownstein

Barbara Lavin Brownstein, American geneticist, educator, director. Recipient Liberal Arts Alumni award for excellence in teaching Temple University, 1980; recipient Outstanding Faculty Woman award Temple University, 1980.


  • Brownstein, Barbara Lavin was born on September 8, 1931 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Daughter of Edward A. and Rose (Silverstein) Lavin.

  • Career

    • Assistant editor Biological Abstracts, Philadelphia, 1957-1958. Research fellow department microbial genetics Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, 1962-1964. Associate Wistar Institute, Philadelphia, 1964-1968.

      Associate professor molecular biology, department biology Temple University, 1968-1974, professor, 1974-1996, professor emeritus, since 1996, chairman department, 1978-1981, provost, 1983-1990. Senior associate Center Educational Research University Washington, Seattle, since 1994. Visiting scientist department tumor cell biology Imperial Cancer Research Fund Laboratories, London, 1973-1974.

      Board directors University City Science Center, Greater Philadelphia Economic Development Council, Forum Executive Women. Program officer National Science Foundation, 1992-1993. Senior associate Institute Educational Inquiry, Seattle, since 1994.


    Board directors Lopez Island School, 2001—2005. Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science. Member American Society Cell Biology, New York Academy of Sciences, Association Women in Science, National Science Foundation (program officer 1992-1993).


    • Married Melvin Brownstein, June 1949 (divorced 1955). Children: Judith Brownstein Kaufmann, Dena.
    • father: Edward A. Lavin
    • mother: Rose (Silverstein) Lavin
    • spouse: Melvin Brownstein
    • children: Judith Brownstein Kaufmann Brownstein
    • Dena Brownstein
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    • 1957 - 1958
      Assistant, editor Biological Abstracts
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
    • 1962 - 1964
      research fellow, department microbial genetics Karolinska Institute
      Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden
    • 1964 - 1968
      associate, Wistar Institute
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
    • 1968 - 1974
      associate, professor molecular biology
    • 1983 - 1990
      associate, professor molecular biology
      Provost, Alberta, Canada
    • 1994
      senior, associate Center Educational Research University Washington
      Seattle, Washington, United States
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