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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Biologist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Birthplace

Born:
11/11/1952

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Biologist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Steak
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Birthplace

Born:
11/11/1952
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Biography

Biology and Pharmacology Professor Wayne Darrell Bowen was born to (mother) and (father) in 1952. As a child, Bowen knew early on that he was interested in pursuing a career in science, and indeed, he went on to earn his B.S. degree in Chemistry from Morgan State College, in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1974. Bowen then pursued a graduate degree with a major in biochemistry and a minor in neuropharmacology, graduating from Cornell University with his Ph.D. degree after completing a thesis on the biochemical process of cholesterol synthesis.
Bowen went on to do his postdoctoral work from 1980 to 1983 at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), a research institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) located in Bethesda, Maryland, where his work centered on opiate receptor biochemistry. From 1983 to 1991 Bowen taught courses in endocrinology, introductory biology, and biochemistry at Brown University as an Assistant Professor of Biology. During his time at Brown, Bowen also founded the macromolecular biochemistry facility on campus, which provided campus and surrounding medical facilities with synthetic peptide compounds.
From 1991 until 2004, Bowen served as tenured chief of the Unit on Receptor Biochemistry and Pharmacology at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases in Bethesda, Maryland, working in the Drug Design and Synthesis Section of the Laboratory of Medicinal Chemistry. During his time as Chief, Bowen continued to lecture for undergraduate students at Brown University, serving as both Adjunct Professor of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry as well as Adjunct Professor of Neuroscience. During a corresponding period, from 1999 to 2004, Bowen also chaired the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology of the NIH Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences Graduate School.
In 2004, Bowen returned to the task of educating future scientists as a full-time Professor of Biology at Brown University, teaching in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biotechnology. Bowen was then appointed Chair of his department in 2007. His research at Brown focuses on the potential for developing new treatments for disease through the understanding of sigma receptors, specifically treatment for neurological disorders and cancer.
Bowen has served as President of the Black Scientists Association at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2001and is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, the American Association for Cancer Research, and the International Brain Research Organization/World Federation of Neuroscientists. He has also received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Student and Teacher Internship Program at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and NIH as well as an Award of Appreciation from the Science and Engineering Fair at Morgan State University. In addition, he was also awarded a Certificate of Recognition from the NIH Speakers Bureau and a Special Recognition Award from the Undergraduate Scholarship Program at NIH, as well as numerous research grants.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Wayne Bowen talks about his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Wayne Bowen talks about his mother's education and career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Wayne Bowen talks about his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Wayne Bowen talks about his father's growing up and his career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Wayne Bowen talks about how his parents met, married, and later moved to Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Wayne Bowen talks about his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Wayne Bowen describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Wayne Bowen describes his childhood neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Wayne Bowen describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Wayne Bowen talks about his interest in music during his adolescence
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Wayne Bowen talks about his interest in science and his experiments with his Gilbert chemistry set
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Wayne Bowen talks about his interest in science and his aspirations for a career as a scientist
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Wayne Bowen talks about his family's involvement in both the Baptist and Methodist church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Wayne Bowen talks about his elementary school, his early science education, his interest in chemistry, and his favorite high school science teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Wayne Bowen talks about his friend's death, his social life in junior high school and his junior high school science projects
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Wayne Bowen talks about his high school extracurricular activities and his interest in photography
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Wayne Bowen talks about his band, St. George's Gate
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Wayne Bowen talks about his experience playing in a musical production
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Wayne Bowen talks about his decision to attend Morgan State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Wayne Bowen talks about his high school experience at Baltimore City College, including the demographics of the school and his job as a photographer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Wayne Bowen talks about missing Jimi Hendricks perform at the Baltimore Civic Center
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Wayne Bowen talks about his mentors, his jobs, and his experience in the chemistry department at Morgan State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Wayne Bowen talks about his extracurricular activities and his experience being a commuter student at Morgan State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Wayne Bowen talks about his undergraduate research project on porphyrins
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Wayne Bowen talks about his emerging interest in biochemistry and his decision to attend Cornell University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Wayne Bowen talks about his first research publication and his introduction to the field of pharmacology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Wayne Bowen talks about his Ph.D. advisor, James Gaylor, and his experience at Cornell University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Wayne Bowen talks about his dissertation research on the biochemical process of cholesterol synthesis - part one
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Wayne Bowen talks about his dissertation research on the biochemical process of cholesterol synthesis - part two
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Wayne Bowen talks about graduating from Cornell University and his interest in pharmacology at the National Institute of Mental Health
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Wayne Bowen describes his postdoctoral research on the biochemistry of opioid receptors at the National Institute of Mental Health
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Wayne Bowen talks about establishing the Macromolecular Biochemistry Facility at Brown University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Wayne Bowen describes the pharmacology of sigma receptors
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Wayne Bowen talks about his research on opioid receptors
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Wayne Bowen talks about his research on sigma receptors - part one
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Wayne Bowen talks about the role of sigma receptors in cancer research
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Wayne Bowen talks about his research with sigma receptors - part two
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Wayne Bowen talks about his professional activities and his research on sigma receptors and their implications for cancer research
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Wayne Bowen talks about his research with sigma receptors - part three
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Wayne Bowen talks about the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Black Scientists Association and its initiatives
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Wayne Bowen talks about becoming Chair of the Department of Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology and Biotechnology at Brown University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Wayne Bowen talks about his duties as Chair of the Department of Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biotechnology at Brown University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Wayne Bowen talks about the potential uses of the sigma-1 receptor and emerging areas of research
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Wayne Bowen talks about therapies that have been developed from the sigma 2 receptor
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Wayne Bowen talks about the field of structural biology
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Wayne Bowen talks about how street drugs can inform pharmacological research
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Wayne Bowen talks about the physiology of drug addiction
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Wayne Bowen talks about the hallucinogen, ibogaine, its psychoactive effects, and its potential therapeutic uses
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Wayne Bowen reflects upon his life choices
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Wayne Bowen reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Wayne Bowen shares his advice for aspiring scientists and pharmacologists
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Wayne Bowen talks about his family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Wayne Bowen talks about his interest in history and the Civil War
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Wayne Bowen talks about his hobbies
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Wayne Bowen talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Wayne Bowen describes his photographs