Michael F. Brown

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Michael F. Brown (1948) is an American chemist. In 2014 he is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Arizona. His research involves the application of NMR spectroscopy in biophysical chemistry to study membrane lipids, liquid crystals, and membrane proteins.

Early life and education[edit]

Brown was born in Los Angeles, California. He received the A.B. degree in 1970 from the University of California, Santa Cruz. While an undergraduate, he conducted research in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy at the Laboratory of Chemical Biodynamics at Berkeley, and continued this during his doctoral studies at Santa Cruz. He received a Ph.D. degree in 1975.


Brown was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct research in Europe. He spent three years working with Joachim Seelig at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel in Switzerland, and with Ulrich Häberlen at the Max Planck Institute in Heidelberg, Germany. Brown then joined the laboratory of Wayne L. Hubbell in the Department of Chemistry of the University of California, Berkeley.

In 1980 Brown became an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia. He received a Sloan Fellowship and a NIH Research Career Development Award, and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 1985. In 1987 he joined the faculty of the University of Arizona as Full Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, along with a joint appointment in the Department of Physics. He is a member of the Committee on Neuroscience and the Applied Mathematics Program. He has been a Visiting Professor at Lund University, Sweden, the University of Würzburg, Germany, the University of Florence, Italy, and Osaka University, Japan.

Awards and honors[edit]

Brown is an Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, He is also a winner of the Avanti Award in Lipids of the Biophysical Society.


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