Soundcloud’s Products of Pittsburgh podcast is about the people in Pittsburgh – innovators, scientists, community leaders – and the remarkable stories behind how they came to be and the work they have produced.

Recently, McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine faculty member Bryan Brown, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Bioengineering with secondary appointments in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the University of Pittsburgh, spoke to Mike Flock, PhD, of Products of Pittsburgh.  Dr. Flock is the Innovation Core Manager at Pitt.

Their conversation provides insight into Dr. Brown’s early life, his education path, his new spinoff company, Renerva, and his latest effort with CyteSolutions Lens.  In the end, in one word, Dr. Brown feels he’s been very lucky with all the opportunities afforded him in Pittsburgh.

Listen to the podcast here.

Dr. Brown graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 2005 and a PhD in Bioengineering in 2010.  He then completed postdoctoral training in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Clinical Sciences at Cornell University prior to joining the University of Pittsburgh as a faculty member in 2011.  Dr. Brown has also served as a visiting researcher at Tsinghua University in Beijing China (2005-2006), a NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes Fellow at Tokyo Women’s Medical University Institute for Advanced Biomedical Sciences (2008), and most recently as a Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health Scholar (NIH K12) at Magee Women’s Research Institute.

The Brown Laboratory seeks to couple a mechanistic understanding of the host inflammatory response in injury and disease with the development of context-dependent biomaterials for regenerative medicine strategies. The focus of the Brown Laboratory is upon clinical applications where few effective solutions currently exist, with increasing emphasis upon unmet clinical needs in women’s health.  Since 2011, the Brown Laboratory has received research funding for these efforts from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institute on Aging, National Institute of General Medical Science, Office of Research on Women’s Health, the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, and multiple industry partners.

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University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering News Release