Ian Brown

Ian Brown
Professor, Canada Research Chair

Research Interests: 

Ian is lead investigator on the successful application to establish the Centre at UTSC that resulted in an infrastructure award in December 2000 of $3.8 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and Ontario Innovation Trust (OIT). In the same month he was appointed Canada Research Chair Tier I by the federal government of Canada. Professor Brown is a molecular biologist who has pioneered the study of the stress response in the mammalian nervous system and its role in repair and protective mechanisms. He edited the first book in the field ('Heat Shock Proteins in the Nervous System', Academic Press, 1994) and organized the first international conference on 'Cell stress genes in the nervous system'. Professor Brown has published 127 scientific papers on the neural stress response and on gene expression in the developing mammalian brain. Since 1994 he has delivered 30 invited symposium addresses and research seminars at universities and research institutes around the world. He has been a Senior Visiting Investigator at the Scripps Medical Research Institute in La Jolla, California. Professor Brown has served on the NSERC grant committee for Molecular and Developmental Genetics for the government of Canada and on NIH grant panels for Molecular Neurobiology for the US government.


  • Molecular Neuroscience
  • Heat-shock Proteins
  • Stress Biology

Research Area: Neuroscience and Behaviour; Cell and Molecular Biology

Current Research

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Teaching Interests: 

  • BIOC19H: Animal Developmental Biology
  • BIOD22H: Molecular Biology Laboratory II: Nucleic Acids and Proteins