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Igor Brodsky, PhD, Named Inaugural Robert R. Marshak Professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine

By: Martin J. Hackett | | 215-898-1475 Date: Aug 8, 2022
Dr. Igor Brodsky in his lab
Dr. Igor Brodsky

[August 8, 2022; Philadelphia, PA] – Andrew M. Hoffman, DVM, DVSc, DACVIM, Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn Vet) has named Igor Brodsky, PhD, an internationally recognized microbiologist, the inaugural Robert R. Marshak Professor.

Dr. Brodsky holds an extraordinary record of scholarly accomplishments. His research program focuses on the interplay of bacterial virulence mechanisms and host innate immune recognition strategies, including how bacterial pathogens are sensed by host cells, how this sensing contributes to antimicrobial immune defense, and how bacterial pathogens evade innate immune recognition. Brodsky serves as a member of several graduate groups and interdisciplinary research groups at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) including the Immunology Graduate Group; Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Group; Institute for Immunology, and the Penn Center for Genome Integrity. He has received continuous National Institutes of Health (NIH) support and is currently Principal Investigator (PI) on two R01 grants and one R21 grant, and mentor or co-PI on several other grants from the NIH, the National Science Foundation, and the American Heart Association. He has mentored more than 20 students and fellows from across the United States and the world.

“Dr. Brodsky’s scientific work has appeared in over 70 peer reviewed publications, literature reviews, and invited commentaries in high-impact journals,” said Hoffman. “His outstanding achievements have garnered him numerous awards, including the highly competitive Burroughs Wellcome Fund Investigator in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease Award. Dr. Brodsky has published in journals such as Nature, Immunity, Infection and Immunity, Journal of Immunology, PLoS Pathogens, Journal of Experimental Medicine, PNAS, and Cell. He is highly sought after by editorial boards and grant review panels, and as a presenter to invited and named scientific lectures.”

Brodsky received his AB from Princeton University in Molecular Biology and his PhD from Stanford University in Microbiology and Immunology. Following post-doctoral fellowships at Stanford University and Yale University, Brodsky joined Penn Vet’s faculty as an Assistant Professor of Pathobiology in 2011. Six years later in 2017, he was promoted to Associate Professor with a secondary appointment as Associate Professor of Microbiology in the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine.

Brodsky was appointed Chair of the Department of Pathobiology in October 2021. He provides extensive service to the science community as a member of the editorial boards for PLoS Pathogens and Infection and Immunity, and as a member of NIH study section panels.

“The late Dean Emeritus Robert R. Marshak, DVM, DACVIM, established the National Cancer Institute-sponsored Bovine Leukemia Research Center, and conceived of the Animal Health and Diagnostic Commission and tripartite Pennsylvania Diagnostic Laboratory system in the wake of a major outbreak of avian influenza in the 1980’s,” said Hoffman. “It is most fitting that Dr. Brodsky, a leader and eminent scholar in the field of infectious diseases, should be honored as the inaugural Robert R. Marshak Professorship. He is a born educator and a devoted mentor who embraces the whole mission of Penn Vet.”

The awarding of a named, endowed professorship is the highest honor bestowed upon a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania and reflects a commitment to scientific discovery, mentorship, and service.

About Penn Vet

Ranked among the top ten veterinary schools worldwide, the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) is a global leader in veterinary education, research, and clinical care. Founded in 1884, Penn Vet is the first veterinary school developed in association with a medical school. The school is a proud member of the One Health initiative, linking human, animal, and environmental health.

Penn Vet serves a diverse population of animals at its two campuses, which include extensive diagnostic and research laboratories. Ryan Hospital in Philadelphia provides care for dogs, cats, and other domestic/companion animals, handling more than 34,600 patient visits a year. New Bolton Center, Penn Vet’s large-animal hospital on nearly 700 acres in rural Kennett Square, PA, cares for horses and livestock/farm animals. The hospital handles more than 6,200 patient visits a year, while our Field Services have gone out on more than 5,500 farm service calls, treating some 18,700 patients at local farms. In addition, New Bolton Center’s campus includes a swine center, working dairy, and poultry unit that provide valuable research for the agriculture industry.