Kathy M. Takayama, Ph.D.

Executive Director                     
Adjunct Professor, Department of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology & Biochemistry

Phone: (401) 863-1141
Email: Kathy_Takayama@brown.edu 
Kathy Takayama’s Brown Research page

Kathy received her B.S. in Biology from MIT, and Ph.D. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from UMDNJ – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.  She was a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a faculty member at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia where she studied the molecular regulation of RNA processing mechanisms in bacteria. Kathy’s current research extends across a broad spectrum of key areas in the scholarship of teaching and learning, including ePortfolios and online learning; visualizations in learning; STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education; and higher education assessment and professional development. She has delivered numerous keynotes on her work and serves as an International Advisor to the Board for Ireland's National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.  She has also advised higher education institutions throughout the US and in Europe, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, Latin America, and Ghana.  In 2002, she led the first multidisciplinary, international (pre-MOOC) online inquiry course in genomics for students across 24 universities in 11 countries to celebrate the sequencing of the human genome, titled Visualizing the Science of Genomics.

Kathy was selected as a Carnegie Scholar by the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in 2003-04 and is currently the President of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL).  She is the recipient of national and international teaching awards, including the Australian Society for Microbiology David White Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Australian College of Educators Teaching Award, and the UNSW Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence; in 2008 she was named National Academies Education Fellow in the Life Sciences by the US National Research Council.  

In addition to directing the Center, Kathy oversees Brown’s digital pedagogy initiatives, including the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) program.  She created and directs the Certificate IV and V Programs, and teaches several of the Center’s workshops and seminars.  She also directs the Departmental Faculty Peer Observations of Teaching Program and the Junior Faculty Teaching Fellows Program.  Kathy develops and leads external grant funding for the Center and for Brown, including the Teagle Foundation Engaging Evidence program, the NSF-funded Visualization Project and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) STEM Education initiative.