PHYLLIS CELLINI BRAUN

PROFESSOR OF BIOLOGY

 

 

Biology Department
Fairfield University
Fairfield, CT 06470
Office: (203) 254-4000 ext 2111
Fax: (203) 254-4253

internet: pcbraun@mail.fairfield.edu

 

 

EDUCATION:

 

B.S. : Fairfield University, Fairfield CT. Major: Biology
Ph.D. : Georgetown University School of Medicine, Department of Microbiology, National Institute of Health Predoctoral Fellow

 

 

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

Molecular regulation of the growth and metabolism of Candida albicans; determining the mode of action of antifungal compounds on this yeast.

 

 

 

EMPLOYMENT:

l989-present: Professor of Biology, Fairfield University

1993-1996: Chairman of Biology

1980-l989: Assistant and Associate Professor of Biology, Fairfield University

l978-l980: National Institute of Health Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Connecticut Health Center, Department of Molecular Biology

 

 

COURSES TAUGHT:

Bi 15 & Bi 16 General Biology (non-majors)
Bi 83 & Bi 84 Biology for Psychology majors (lecture and laboratory)
Bi 87 Microbiology: Plight of Humans and Microbes (lecture and laboratory; non-majors)
Bi 151 Elements of Microbiology (lecture and laboratory; nursing majors)
Bi 170 & Bi 171 (formally Bi 91 & 92) General Biology (lecture and laboratory; Biology majors)
Bi 352 Fundamentals of Microbiology (lecture and laboratory; Biology majors)
Bi 354 Molecular Biology (Biology majors)
Bi 356 Immunology (Biology majors)
Bi 357 General Virology (Biology majors)
Bi 395 & Bi 396 Independent Research
Bi 397 & Bi 398 Internships

 

 

HONORS:

Named, Who's Who in America (2007), Who's Who of American Women (2006), Who's Who in American Education (7th ed), International Educator of the Year (2004), Who's Who in American Education (2003, 6th ed), American Men and Women of Science (21st ed.),Who's Who in America (2002 56th ed.), 2000 Outstanding Scholars of the 20th Century, 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 20th Century, International Woman of the year (2000), Who's Who in America (2000), World's Who'sWho of Women (2000), Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare (2000), International Who's Who of Professionals (2000), Woman of the Year (1999), International Who's Who of Professional and Business Women (1999 6th ed.), Who's Who in Science and Engineering (1998), Who's Who in Medicine and Health Care (1998), Woman of the Year (l997), American Men and Women of Science (l996), Named, Who's Who in the World (1996), Woman of the Year (1995), Who's Who in Science and Engineering (l995), Who's Who in America (l994), International Who's Who of Professional and Business Women (l994), Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America (l994), The World Who's Who Of Women (l994), Who's Who of American Women (l992), American Men and Women of Science (l992), Named, Who's Who in American Education (l992), Who's Who Among Young American Professionals (l992), Named in Dictionary of International Biography (l992), Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America (l991), Who's Who in the East (l989), International Who's Who of Professional and Business Women (l988), International Leaders in Achievement (l988), Named, International Directory of Distinguished Leadership (l987), Personalities of America (l986), Who's Who in Frontiers of Science and Technology (l986), Who's Who in the East (l985), Foremost Women of the Twentieth Century(l985), Who's Who in Contemporary Achievement (l985), Personalities of America (l984), World's Who's Who of Women (l984) Who's Who in Frontiers of Science and Technology (l983) Named, Distinguished Leader in Health Care (l978), Visiting Scientist at the National Institutes of Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases NIH (l978), Invited, International Conferences on Limited Proteolysis in Microorganisms, NIH (l978), Awarded, Presidential Scholarship, Fairfield University (l97l)

 

PUBLICATIONS:

 

A. National, International Presentations and Published Abstracts:

-Combs, T.J., P.C. Braun, and W.J. Blogoslawski. l98l. Morphological alterations of larvae of the American oyster Crassostrea virginica when challenged with Candida albicans and Candida tropicalis. p. l74. (Abstract) 81st Annu. Meet., Amer. Soc. Microbiol.

-Braun, P.C., T.J. Combs, and W.J. Blogoslawski. l983. Inhibition of thymidine uptake by larvae of Crassostrea virginica when challenged by Candida albicans and Candida tropicalis. p. 226. ( Abstract) 83rd Annu. Meet., Amer. Soc. Microbiol.

-Braun, P.C., R. Hector, R. Cihlar, M. Kamark, and J. Hart. l985. Cerulenin and Sodium Butrate affects chitin deposition in Candida albicans. p. 374. (Abstract) 85th Annu. Meet., Amer. Soc. Microbiol.

-Hector, R. and P.C. Braun. l985. The effects of Bifonazole, Clotrimazole and Miconazole on chitin synthesis in Candida albicans. p. 233. (Abstract) Annu. Meet., Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy

-Hector, R. and P.C. Braun. l986. The synergistic action of Nikkomycins X and Z with Papulacandin B on whole cells and regenerating protoplasts of Candida albicans. p.40 (Abstract) 86th Annu Meet., Amer. Soc. Microbiol.

-Braun, P.C. l987. Chitin Synthetase Inhibitors. International Conference on the Biology and Pathogencity of Candida albicans.

-Braun, P. C. l989. Influence of Corticosterone and Estradiol on the metabolic activities of Candida albicans. p. 475. (Abstract) 89th Annu. Meet., Amer. Soc. Microbiol.

-Calderone, R.A. and P.C. Braun. l99l. Adherence and Receptor Relationships of Candida albicans. Candida News 14:11.

-Braun, P.C., D. M. Mlodynia* and F.W. Vital*. l993. Cell Surface Hydrophobicity Affects the Uptake of 3H Corticosterone by Candida albicans. p. 542. (Abstract) 93rd Annu. Meet., Amer. Soc. Microbiol.

-Braun, P.C. l994. Surface Hydrophobicity Enhances Corticosterone Incorporation in Candida albicans. Candida News 23:10.

-Sura, P*. and P.C. Braun. 1996. Variation of Nutrient Transport in Hydrophobic Strains of Candida albicans. p. 84. (Abstract) 96th Annu. Meet., Amer. Soc. Microbiol.

-Sura, P.* and P.C. Braun. 1997. Regeneration of Transport Proteins by Protoplasts of Candida albicans. p. 268. (Abstract) 97th Annu. Meet., Amer. Soc. Microbiol

-Moran, K.M*., P.T. Mathews*, P.A. Moura*, and P.C. Braun. 2000. Variation in amino acid transport by a cell surface mutant of Candida albicans. (Abstract) 100th Annu. Meet., Amer. Soc. Microbiol.

-Vancza, E.*, L. Runco*, and P.C. Braun. 2003. Farnesol increases amino acid uptake by wildtype and cell wall auxotrophic strains of Candida albicans. p. 273 (Abstract) 103rd Annu. Meet., Amer. Soc. Microbiol.

 

 

B. Chapters/ Books:

 

-Braun, P.C., l978. Chitin Synthetase and its regulation in yeast and pseudohyphal forms of Candida albicans. Doct. Diss. Georgetown University.

-Braun, P.C., and R.A. Calderone. l978. Proteolytic regulation of chitin synthetase in hyphal and yeast forms of Candida albicans . In Limited Proteolysis in Microorganisms. Holzer, H., Cohen, G.N (eds.) pp. l35-l38.

-Braun, P.C., (ed.) l987. Annual Editions: Biology (5th edition) Dushkin Publishers

-Hector, R., and P.C. Braun. l987. Effects of Bifonazole on chitin synthesis in Candida albicans. In Recent Trends in the Discovery, Development, and Evaluation of Antifungal Agents. R.A. Fromtling (ed.) J. R. Prous Science Publishers. pp. 369-382.

 

 

C. Papers in Refereed Journals

 

Basic Science:

 

-Braun, P. C., and R.A. Calderone. l978. Chitin synthesis in Candida albicans. Comparison of yeast and hyphal forms. J. Bacteriol. l33: l472-l477.

-Braun, P.C. and R.A. Calderone. l979. Regulation and solubilization of chitin synthetase from Candida albicans.. J. Bacteriol. l40: 666-670.

-Taube, S.E. and P.C. Braun. l982. Structural study of Vesicular Stomatitis Virus G protein in the virion envelope. J. Gen. Virol. 59: 3l9-327.

-Braun, P.C., T.J. Combs and W.J. Blogoslawski. l984. Changes in thymidine incorporation by larvae of the American oyster Crassostrea virginica after challenge by two species of Candida . J. Shellfish Res. 4: ll3-ll7.

-Hector, R. and P.C. Braun. l986. The synergistic action of Nikkomycin X and Z with Papulacandin B on whole cells and regenerating protoplasts of Candida albicans. Antimicrob. Agents Chemother. 29: 389-394.

-Hector, R. and P.C. Braun. l986. Use of a 96 well, Epifluorescent Reader for rapid assesment of compounds inhibitory to Candida albicans. J. Clin. Microbiol. 24: 620-624.

-Braun, P. C., R. Hector, M. Kamarck, J. Hart and R. Cihlar. l987. Effects of Cerulenin and Sodium Butyrate on chitin synthesis in Candida albicans. Can. J. Microbiol. 33: 546-550.

-Hector, R. and P.C. Braun. l987. Chitin Synthetase Inhibitors. Candida News. 2: l2.

-Hector, R., P.C. Braun, J. Hart and M. Kamarck. l990. The Use of Flow Cytometry to Monitor Chitin Synthesis in Regenerating Protoplasts of Candida albicans. J. Med. Vet. Mycol. 28: 55-6l.

- Calderone, R. A. and P.C. Braun. l99l. Adherence and Receptor Relationships in Candida albicans. Microbiol. Rev. 55: l-20.

-Braun, P.C. l994. Surface Hydrophobicity Enhances Corticosterone Incorporation in Candida albicans. Infect. Immun. 62: 4087-4090.

-Braun, P.C.. 1999 Nutrient Uptake in Candida albicans: The Influence of Cell Surface Mannoproteins. Can. J. Microbiol. 45: 353-359.

-Braun, P. C. 2005 The Effect of Farnesol on Amino Acid Transport by Wild-Type and Cell-Wall Variant Strains of Candida albicans. Can. J. Microbiol. 51: 715-718.

 

 

Education:+

 

-Braun, P.C. and J.D. Zoidis. 2000. Infection Control in the ICU: Mechanism of Infection-Part 1. RT The Journal for Respiratory Care Practitioners. 13 (6):25-30.

-Braun, P.C. and J.D. Zoidis. 2001. Infection Control in the ICU: Guidelines for Infection Control-Part 11. RT The Journal for Respiratory Care Practitioners. 13 (7):55-59.

-Zoidis, J.D. and P.C. Braun. 2001. Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome. RT The Journal for Respiratory Care Practitioners. 13 (7):29-34.

-Braun, P.C. and J.D. Zoidis. 2001. Recombinant Humanized Monoclonal Antibody to IgE. RT The Journal for Respiratory Care Practitioners. 14 (6): 22-32.

-Braun, P.C. and J.D. Zoidis. 2002. Treating and Preventing Anthrax. RT The Journal for Respiratory Care Practitioners. 14 (7): 15-21.

-Zoidis, J.D. and P.C. Braun. 2002. Where We Stand With Tuberculosis: Keys to Management, Prevention, and Treatment. RT The Journal for Respiratory Care Practitioners. 16 (2): 47-50.

-Braun, P.C. and J.D. Zoidis. 2002. Case Report: Threat of Smallpox. RT The Journal for Respiratory Care Practitioners. 16 (2): 59-61.

-Braun, P.C. 2003. Disease Control and Prevention in the Hospitalized Patient. RT The Journal for Respiratory Care Practitioners. 16 (1): 46-50. (Cover Story)

-Zoidis J.D. and P.C. Braun. 2003. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS): What We've Learned So Far. RT The Journal for Respiratory Care Practitioners. 16 (3): 50-51.

-Zoidis J.D. and P.C. Braun. 2003. Where We Stand with Tuberculosis: The Keys to Management Remain Prevention and Prompt, Appropriate, and Complete Treatment of All Active Cases. RT The Journal for Respiratory Care Practitioners. 16 (5): 36-38.

-Braun, P.C. and J.D. Zoidis. 2004. Update on Drug-Resistant Pathogens: Mechanisms of Resistance, Emerging Strains and Methods for Control. RT The Journal for Respiratory Care Practitioners. 17 (1): 22-25, 42. (Cover Story)

-Zoidis J.D. and P.C. Braun. 2004. Flu Update: The Influenza Epidemic of 2003-2004. RT The Journal for Respiratory Care Practitioners. 17 (2): 12.

-Braun, P.C. and J.D. Zoidis. 2004. Viral Infections of the Lower Respiratory Tract: Understanding Influenza, RSV Infections, Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome and SARS. RT The Journal for Respiratory Care Practitioners. 17 (4): 22-25.

-Braun, P.C. and J.D. Zoidis. 2004. Atypical Pneumonia. RT The Journal for Respiratory Care Practitioners. 17 (8): 24-26, 42.

-Zoidis, J.D. and P.C.Braun. 2005. Update on Tuberculosis :Therapeutic Strategies Include Directly Observed Therapy and Shorter Courses of Treatment. RT The Journal for Respiratory Care Practitioners. 18 (9): 18-20 (Cover Story)

-Braun PC, Zoidis JD. 2005. Hospital infection control and prevention. Understanding the mechanisms of infectious organisms can aid hospital staff in preventing and treating nosocomial infections. RT The Journal for Respiratory Care Practitioners. 18 (11): 22-28, 58. (Cover Story)

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* indicates Fairfield University Student

 

+ Papers available at www.rtmagazine.com

 

Memberships:

American Society for Microbiology (ASM);1977-present.
Medical Mycology Society of the Americas (MMSA);1980-present.
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); 1979-present.

 

 


 

 

 

 

Created: 3/1/97 Updated: 1/19/06