Vice President of Research and Graduate Education for UNC -General Administration
Professor of Plant Biology
Dr. Brown initiated and/or helped grow space related programs at North Carolina State University and throughout the state. These include the Plant Gravitational Genomics Laboratory, the National Institute for Aerospace, the North Carolina Space Grant, the Pisgah Astronomical Research and Science Education Center, the “Adventures of the Agronauts” educational website and the NC Aerospace Initiative, an effort to enhance aerospace research, workforce development and commercial activity in the state.
Dr. Brown taught an on-campus and distance education course in Space Biology at North Carolina State University from 1996-2009 and is the co-creator of the “Adventures of the Agronauts” website for elementary and middle school science education using a space biology theme. Dr. Brown serves currently on the boards of the National Council of Space Grant Directors, the National Space Grant Alliance Board (vice chair), and the Board of Advisors for the Kenan Fellows for Curriculum and Leadership Development. He was elected president of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Biology (2004-5).
Dr. Brown earned a bachelor of science degree in botany from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1981. He earned a master’s degree in horticultural science in 1984 and a doctorate in botany in 1987, both from NC State University. Following postdoctoral training in biochemistry at the University of Missouri-Columbia, he became the Manager and Senior Scientist of the Plant Space Biology Lab at the Kennedy Space Center in 1989. He joined NC State University in 2001.