Eric Brown is a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences and member of the M.G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research at McMaster University.
Dr. Brown has been the recipient of a number of awards including 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 Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology; member of the Medical Review Panel of the Gairdner Foundation; and member of the Institute of Infection and Immunity of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. He is a founding member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the journal ACS Infectious Diseases.
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.