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Susan Brown

University distinguished professor of biology


Susan Brown, university distinguished professor of biology, studies genomics, bioinformatics and the evolution of gene regulatory networks. She is the director of the Arthropod Genomic Center and the Bioinformatics Center. She is currently working on Agripestbase, a community database that contains genome data for pest insects.

Brown has made significant contributions to the field of entomology and has played an important role in the international consortium responsible for sequencing and analyzing the genome of Tribolium castaneum, the red flour beetle. She is currently studying early embryonic patterning and segmentation mechanisms in Tribolium. For her work in helping develop a model system for genetic and molecular studies on Tribolium castaneum, Brown was awarded the the 2014 Olin Petefish Award in Basic Sciences, one of the prestigious Higuchi-KU Endowment Research Achievement Awards.

She has received funding from agencies such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health. She has published more than 95 articles, which have appeared in journals such as Developmental Biology, Genetics, Journal of Theoretical Biology and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

She is currently advising three graduate students and five undergraduate students, and has advised 38 graduate students and 36 undergraduate students in the past.

Brown received the 2010 Commerce Bank Distinguished Graduate Faculty award and was named a fellow of the Entomology Society of America in 2011. She is a member of the Society for Developmental Biology and the Genetics Society of America.

Brown joined Kansas State University in 1983 as a research associate in the department of biochemistry. She was named a university distinguished professor, K-State's highest academic ranking, in 2012. Brown received a doctorate in genetics from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a bachelor's degree in biology from Smith College.

Brown can be reached at 785-532-3935 or sjbrown@k-state.edu.