Alcorn Alumna Lillian J. Brady receives Doctorate Degree

The glass ceiling has been shattered!

A field once untapped by women and minorities is no more.

On April 29, Dr. Lillian J. Brady, a native of Jackson, Mississippi, received her Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Neurobiology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, in Birmingham, Alabama.

An Alcorn alumna, Brady received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry in 2009, and a Master of Science degree in Biotechnology in 2011.

Dr. Keith McGee, interim dean of the School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences and interim chair of the Center for Biotechnology, remembers Brady as a very determined student.

“The educational and life lessons I learned at Alcorn State University were extremely valuable to my successful matriculation through my Ph.D. program,” says Brady. “Those lessons have been instilled in me and I will take them with me throughout all of my future endeavors.”

Regarding her research Brady boasts, “My Ph.D. is in Neurobiology where I studied and performed research on the effects of dopamine on the learning and memory deficits observed in a mouse model that presented intrinsic aspects of schizophrenia. This research has the potential to lead to the development of better treatments for individuals suffering from schizophrenia and other mentally-related disorders.”

As for the future, Brady has been hired at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow through their inaugural Academic Pathways Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. The program is designed to create a bridge between academic research training and entry-level faculty positions at colleges at universities throughout the United States.

The sky is now the limit for Dr. Lillian J. Brady, and the Alcorn State University family sends high praises, as she continues to climb the ladder of success.