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Maggie Braun - Carnegie Mellon University. Pittsburgh, PA, US

Maggie Braun

Teaching Professor and Associate Dean | Carnegie Mellon University


Maggie Braun has had a profound impact on undergraduate education and advising during her 13-year tenure at the Mellon College of Science.


Maggie Braun joined the Carnegie Mellon faculty in 2008 as assistant department head for undergraduate affairs in the Department of Biological Sciences. She served as the primary academic advisor for all undergraduates in the department, mentoring more than 600 students over the past seven years. In January 2015, Braun was named the director of MCS core education, helping to implement the college’s new, multidimensional undergraduate education program that aims to prepare students for their future as 21st-century scientists. Since 2016, she has served as associate dean for undergraduate affairs where she coordinates curricula, advising, and community-building programs for all undergraduates in the Mellon College of Science. Braun also serves on a number of campus-wide committees on student-centered success initiatives and teaches a capstone course for multi- and interdisciplinary studies students.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Molecular Cloning

Molecular Biology

Future of Education

Biological Sciences


Media Appearances (1)

Author details history, ethics of immortal human cell line

The Tartan  online


Maggie Braun, assistant department head of the biological sciences department, raised her hand during Skloot’s lecture to discuss the use of HeLa cells. “I previously worked with [HeLa cells] at the National Institute of Health using them as a control for ‘normal behavior,’ ” said Braun following the event, “we tested them against other cancerous tissues.”

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Maggie Braun, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs, Mellon College of Science Inspiring Students through Interdisciplinary Research, at Carnegie Mellon University



Industry Expertise (1)


Accomplishments (1)

Award for Outstanding Contributions to Academic Advising and Mentoring (professional)


Education (3)

National Cancer Institute: Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Pittsburgh: Ph.D., Biological Sciences 2007

Youngstown State University: B.S., Biological Sciences 2001