Faculty Profile: Richard Bungiro, Ph.D.

Richard Bungiro
Richard Bungiro, Ph.D.
Lecturer in Biology
Molecular Microbiology & Immunology
Work: 401-863-3483


I received my B.A. in Biology from Johns Hopkins in 1992 and my Ph.D. in Pathobiology from Brown in 1999. As a graduate student I worked with Paul Knopf on immune responses to the parasitic blood fluke Schistosoma mansoni. I also served as a teaching assistant for multiple courses, receiving the Eleonore Way Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1997. After completing my graduate work I instructed BIOL 0530 (Principles of Immunology) and BIOL 0540 (Biology of Emerging Microbial Diseases, now BIOL 1550), then joined the research group of Michael Cappello '84 at the Yale University School of Medicine where I worked on bloodfeeding hookworms. In 2008 I returned to Brown as a faculty member in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology. As a Lecturer in Biology I have taught BIOL 0530, BIOL 1600 (Development of Vaccines to Infectious Diseases), BIOL 1550 and the laboratory for BIOL 0510 (Introductory Microbiology). I also serve as a first-year advisor, as a Randall sophomore advisor and concentration advisor for Biology programs. I have been honored by the Senior classes of 2010 and 2012 with the Barrett Hazeltine Citation and in 2011 I received the Dean's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Advising and Mentoring in the Biological Sciences.

Teaching Experience

My major teaching interests include immunology, infectious diseases, and vaccines.

Courses Taught

  • Development of Vaccines to Infectious Diseases (BIOL 1600)
  • Laboratory for Introductory Microbiology (BIOL 0510)
  • Principles of Immunology (BIOL 0530)