David A. Brown has been named associate professor of human nutrition, foods, and exercise in the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

He is one of eight faculty members recently hired in the college. New positions were identified to bring talent to its focus areas, including food and health, infectious disease, biodesign and processing, and agricultural profitability and environmental sustainability. The new faculty members are distributed across teaching, research, and Extension.

Brown directs a laboratory that combines disciplines in cardiac physiology and mitochondrial biology. Development of novel therapeutics to improve mitochondrial function is a major focus of his research program.

Brown’s research is supported by several extramural grants, and he has presented his work all over the world.  He is a member of the American Heart Association, American Physiological Society, and Mitochondrial Physiology Society.  He serves as a reviewer for numerous grant agencies and scientific journals.

Brown received his bachelor's degree in human nutrition, foods, and exercise from Virginia Tech, his doctorate in integrative physiology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and served as a post-doctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine's Institute of Molecular Cardiobiology.

Prior to “returning home” to Virginia Tech, Brown was  faculty at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, where he was course director for medical physiology and received multiple teaching awards for his lectures on cardiac and cell physiology.

Written by Amy Loeffler

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