Dr. Mark Braun

Professor of Pathology

My research interests are varied and diverge from traditional medical lines. I am invovled two quite different areas of study: the application of computer technology to medical education and the impact of epidemic infectious diseases introduced into Native American populations during the time European colonial expansion.

With respect to educational research, I am involved with a variety of studies looking at virtual microscopy, online delivery of case-based problems, and the group dynamic and educational outcome of group activities such as Team-Based learning. I have developed an electronic histopathology atlas, with virtual microscope links, using the medical student's pathology slide set. The virtual microscope technology allows the student to view the entire microscopic slide on a computer as if they were using a regular optical microscope. Additionally, I developed a number of interactive, case-based clinical exercises for our pathology course’s website. If you are interested, you can visit the site by clicking on the following address:

My interests in paleopathology are somewhat varied. I am still tangentially involved with ancient DNA and osteological studies, but now my principal focus is the impact of infectious diseases introduced by Europeans and Africans into the New World during the time of European colonization. For this study, I use historical documents, as well as Native American art and shamanic objects, to look for references of specific diseases. I have two areas of focus; the late fifteenth century, with particular interest in Indian tribes of the Great Lakes Basin and St. Lawrence River Valley, and people of the Northwest Coast.

Although I am no longer involved in laboratory research, several years ago I had the opportunity to use polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to diagnosis tuberculosis in the skeletal remains of two Native Americans of the pre European period. At that time I was able to isolate and sequence diagnostic DNA of Mycobacterium tuberculosis from bones recovered from an Oneota and an Iroquois burial. 



For a more or less traditional looking curriculum vitae .

  • Thompson, AR, Braun, MW and O’Loughlin, VD.  How Do Block Scheduling and Integrated Testing Affect Medical Student Performance?  FASEB J 2012 26:532.2
  • Collier, Larissa, Dunham, Stacey, Braun, Mark, O’Loughlin, Valerie. 2012. Optical Versus Virtual: Teaching Assistant perceptions of the Use of Virtual Microscopy in an Undergraduate Human Anatomy Course. Anatomical Sciences Education 5: 10-19.
  • Kearns, K.D, C. Subino Sullivan, V.D. O'Loughlin, and M. Braun.  2010.  A scoring rubric for teaching statements: A tool for inquiry into graduate student writing about teaching and learning.  Journal on Excellence in College Teaching 21(1): 73-96.
  • Schutte, A., Braun, M 2009. Virtual Microscopy: Experiences of a Large Undergraduate Anatomy Course. Human Anatomy and Physiology (HAPS) Educator, Fall 2009: 39-42.

  • Hussman, P., O’Louoghlin, V., Braun, M. 2009. Quantitative and qualitative changes in teaching histology by means of virtual microscopy in an introductory course in human anatomy. Anatomical Sciences Education 2: 218-226.

  • Kearns, K.D, C. Subino Sullivan, V.D. O'Loughlin, and M. Braun. 2010. A scoring rubric for teaching statements: A tool for inquiry into graduate student writing about teaching and learning. Journal on Excellence in College Teaching 21(1): 73-96.

  • Braun, M.W., and Kearns, K.D. “Improved Learning “Efficiency and Increased Student Collaboration Through Use of Virtual Microscopy in the Teaching of Human Pathology,” Anatomical Sciences Edcuation. 1:240-246, 2008.

  • Nutrition Related Care (Online peer reviewed tutorial, published 2007)

  • CBC Interpretation (Online peer reviewed tutorial, published 2006.)

  • Understanding Leukemias (Online peer reviewed tutorial, published 2006.)

  • Understanding Coagulation Disorders (Online peer reviewed tutorial, published 2006.)

  • Interpretation of the Urinalysis (Online peer reviewed tutorial, published 2006.)

  • Braun, M.W., Cook, D.C., and Pfeiffer, S. "DNA From Mycobacterium tuberculosis Complex Identified in North American, Pre-Columbian Human Skeletal Remains." Journal of Archeological Science, 25, 271-277 (1998)



Awards and Honors

  • Recipient of Outstanding Instructor in Basic Sciences, Indiana University School of Medicine, Bloomington, Indiana, 1983, 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012.

  •  Recipient of Indiana University Trustees’ Teaching Award, 2008 and 2011

  • Recipient, Outstanding Teacher Award, Indiana University School of Optometry, 2008.

  •  Recipient of American Medical Association, Innovative Teaching Award, 1999.

  •  Elected to FACET, 2000.


  • American Association of Anthropology
  • Ethnohistory Society
  • Fellow of College of American Pathologists
  • Member of American Society of Clinical Pathologists
  • Member of Indiana Association of Pathologists
  • Member of Indiana State Medical Association



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