Dr. Brown’s research interest is the complex biology that underlies bacterial survival strategies. He and his research team aim to understand and subvert these systems in drug resistant superbugs. To this end the Brown lab research group is using tools of chemical biology and molecular genetics to probe poorly understood aspects of bacterial physiology. The overriding goal of these studies is to contribute fresh directions for new antibiotics. Dr. Brown has been the recipient of a number of awards and is a very active participant in the university and research communites. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and has received the Canadian Society of Microbiologists Murray Award for career achievement, the Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences Merck Frosst Prize for new investigators and a Canada Research Chair in Microbial Chemical Biology. Dr. Brown is a former department Chair and has served on advisory boards for a variety of companies as well as national and international associations, including: a term as President of the Canadian Society of Molecular Biosciences; member of the Medical Review Panel of the Gairdner Foundation; and member of the Institute of Infection and Immunity Advisory Board of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Currently, he is serving as one of 15 Chairs nationwide on the latter organization’s College of Reviewers and on the Editorial Advisory Board of the journal ACS Infectious Diseases.