Dennis Brown is currently Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and is Director of the Program in Membrane Biology at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He also serves as theAssociate Director of the MGH Center for Systems Biology and as the Associate Chief for Research of the MGH Nephrology Division. He received his Ph. D. from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK in 1975 and then spent 10 years working under the direction of Dr. Lelio Orci at the University of Geneva Medical School in Switzerland, where he eventually became an Assistant Professor.
Dennis Brown is a cell biologist/physiologist who specializes in the use of state-of-the art imaging techniques to follow and dissect physiologically-relevant membrane protein trafficking events in epithelial and non-epithelial cells. He is an internationally recognized authority on membrane protein trafficking and vesicle recycling in epithelial cells, with special focus on water channels (aquaporins) and vacuolar proton pumping ATPase function in the kidney and, more recently, in the male reproductive tract. He has published over 300 articles in peer reviewed journals. He has been continually funded by NIH since arriving in the USA in 1986, and one of his grants was recently given R37 MERIT award status. He is also a permanent member of the NIH CMBK Study Section.
He is an elected member of the MGH Executive Committee on Research (ECOR) and is the vice-chair of the MGH Research Council. He is a faculty member of the Harvard Medical School Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS) Ph. D. program, and is the course director of the Renal Pathophysiology course for first year students in the joint HMS/MIT Health Sciences and Technology (HST) program. His track record of developing young scientists led to him being awarded the prestigious A. Clifford Barger “Excellence in Mentoring” award from Harvard University in 2005.
He served as Editor-in-Chief of AJP-Cell Physiology from 2002 to 2008, was an Associate Editor of AJP-Renal Physiology from 1995-1997, and has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Biological Chemistry, the Journal of Membrane Biology, JASN, and J Histochem Cytochem. He has received numerous awards, most recently giving the Robert Schrier endowed lecture on Aquaporin Trafficking at the 2008 ASN meeting and presenting the 2008 Suk-Ki Hong memorial lecture at the University of Buffalo. He also received the Carl Gottschalk Award for excellence in nephrology research from the APS in 1999, and was an Established Investigator of the American Heart Association.