Bryan N. Brown, PhD

Dr. Bryan Brown is an 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.  He is also a core faculty member of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine where he serves as the Director of Educational Outreach. Dr. Brown is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Sciences at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and Chief Technology Officer of Renerva, LLC, a Pittsburgh-based start-up company.

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.

Dr. Brown is a member of the Biomedical Engineering Society (Member, Ethics Committee), the Society for Biomaterials, the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (Member, Membership Committee), and the American Urogynecologic Society.  He has received a number of awards including the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine Young Investigator Award, the TERMIS Educator Award, and the Carnegie Science Award.  Dr. Brown has published more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and 5 book chapters.  He has served as a reviewer on study sections for the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and as a member of the selection committee for the Carnegie Science Awards.  Dr. Brown is on the editorial board of Cells, Tissues, Organs, Current Pathobiology Reports, and the Journal of Immunology and Regenerative Medicine.  He currently teaches both undergraduate and graduate level courses including “Extracellular Matrix in Tissue Biology and Bioengineering,” “Societal, Political, and Ethical Issues in Bioengineering and Biotechnology,” and “Bioengineering Thermodynamics.”

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.

View a list of Dr. Brown’s publications here.