David Brown, PhD

Professor and Interim Department Chair, Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

David Brown

Contact Info

[email protected]

Office Phone 612-624-0713

Office Address:
205E Veterinary Science Building
1988 Fitch Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108

Post doctoral Fellow, University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine

Senior Research Fellow, University of Michigan School of Medicine

PhD, Pharmacology, Emory University

MS, Pharmacology, Emory University

BA, Biology and Psychology, University of Rochester


Dr. Brown coordinates introductory courses in pharmacology and toxicology for veterinary students, and lectures in several veterinary science-related graduate courses offered across the Academic Health Center.

Dr. Brown remains interested in the mechanisms by which neuroimmune signaling processes influence the interactions of microorganisms with epithelial cells located at immune inductive and effector sites in mucous membranes. Members of Dr. Brown’s laboratory, many of whom were veterinary students or graduate veterinarians, discovered that drugs which affect mucosal neurotransmission increase bacterial interactions with mucosal cells, including lymphoid follicles known as Peyer’s patches in the small intestine and epithelial cells in the colon. Moreover, they found that specific neurotransmitter substances such as norepinephrine modulate immunoglobulin secretion and epithelial cytokine responses to bacteria, bacteria-associated molecular patterns and bacterial exotoxins, e.g. the toxin shock syndrome toxin from Staphylococcus. These paradigm-shifting studies may provide important insights into drug targets for the alleviation of intestinal infection, inflammation and pain as well as enhancements in oral vaccine efficacy, microbial colonization, and drug delivery.


Pharmacology and toxicology education; Administration


Research Summary/Interests

Neuroregulation of host-pathogen interactions at mucosal surfaces. 



Academic Interests and Focus

Pharmacology, toxicology, active learning, team-based learning


  • CVM6918, Veterinary Pharmacology 1
  • CVM6937, Veterinary Pharmacology 2
  • Veterinary Toxicology (new course; designator TBN)