Thais Salazar Mather is currently the Director of Basic Science Curriculum for Brown Gateways to Medicine, Healthcare and Research (ScM in Medical Sciences & Certificate in Medical Science), Associate Director of Preclinical Curriculum at Alpert Medical School, and Director of the Scholarly Concentrations Program. She was trained as a molecular virologist at Marshall University before coming to Brown as a postdoctoral researcher in immunology. Dr. Mather has been teaching medical students since 2003 and is an Assistant Professor of Medical Science (Teaching Scholar) and Assistant Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at Alpert Medical School. She has served as a member of NIH/NCI Study Sections, and as an ad hoc member of NIAID, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Study Section. Dr. Mather is currently a course director and lecturer for Scientific Foundations of Medicine and Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, which are part of the preclinical curriculum. Her academic interests have shifted from understanding the molecular and regulatory mechanisms of immune cell trafficking during virus infection to the application and development of pedagogical strategies to facilitate medical education in the preclinical years. She is a member of the Medical Curriculum Committee and Subcommittee on the Scholarly Concentrations Program at Alpert Medical School, and is recipient of the Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award (2005-2016, and 2018). In addition to teaching, advising and mentoring students, her greatest joys in life are her family and dogs, a good bottle of wine and listening to loud rap music.