Department Chair

Brown, David Interim VBS ChairDr. David Brown

Dr. David R. Brown, Professor of Pharmacology, has been appointed as interim Chair of the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences (VBS). He served as Vice Chair of the department for the past 12 years. In addition, he has been a co-Director on the College’s NIH-funded Training Comparative Medicine and Pathology training program for 17 years and chaired the University Biosafety Committee for 8 years.

Dave received a double B.A. degree in Biology and Psychology from the University of Rochester, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Pharmacology from Emory University School of Medicine. He subsequently conducted postdoctoral research in the laboratories of Richard Miller, Michael Field and Leon Goldberg at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He joined the VBS faculty in 1984, and through the years was a NIH Senior Research Fellow at the University of Michigan School of Medicine, and a Visiting Professor in the Department of Pharmacology at the School of Pharmacy at the University of Naples (Italy) Federico II.  

Dave is the coordinator of pharmacology and toxicology courses for veterinary students, and teaches in health sciences-related graduate and undergraduate courses.  With funding from NIH and other agencies, he and his graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and collaborators investigated the pharmacological control of epithelial ion transport and host-pathogen interactions at mucosal surfaces, and he has authored over 140 publications. Dave is the recipient of the Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teacher Award, the Pfizer Award for Research Excellence, as well as a VBS Outstanding Teacher Award and a Mark of Excellence Award from the College of Veterinary Medicine.

In addition to medical science, Dave has a wide variety of interests in the humanities and social sciences.  As an amateur musician, he took music history and performance courses at the Eastman School of Music, the McPhail Center, and the St. Paul Conservatory of Music; directed, taught and performed with classical music groups locally and in other states; and was on the Board of Directors for the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota during its early years.