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Eric Brown named chair of biochemistry

Published: December 17, 2007
Eric Brown
Eric Brown, associate professor in biochemistry

Eric Brown, a noted authority in antibacterial research, has been appointed chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences effective January 1, 2008.

Brown, who joined McMaster University in 1998, is an associate professor in biochemistry and director of the McMaster High Throughput Screening Lab. He has participated in the administration of the department as the assistant chair, research, and was acting chair of the department in 2006.

Brown’s research interests address the inadequacies of conventional antibiotics, with research into poorly understood aspects of bacterial physiology. His research has been recognized with a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Chemical Biology (2006) and a Merck Frosst early career award from the Canadian Society for Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology (2005).

He earned a M.Sc. and a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Guelph, then completed studies as a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School in 1995. He spent three years working in the Boston pharmaceutical sector on antibacterial drug discovery before joining McMaster. 

Brown has served on a variety of advisory boards and committees at the national and international level. He is currently a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Ontario Genomics Institute, the CIHR Working Group for the Canadian Chemical Biology Network and the Gairdner Foundation Medical Review Panel. He is 2007 co-chair of the 50th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular & Cell Biology and a past president of the Canadian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology. 

Brown is succeeding Gerry Wright, who is stepping down as chair of the department to take on the role of scientific director at the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research.

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