David A. Brown, PhD, Virginia Tech
David A. Brown is an Associate Professor at Virginia Tech. He earned his undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech, a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University. He currently serves as the Director of the Virginia Tech Metabolism Core. Dr. Brown is the Fralin Life Science Institute Principal Scientist for the Integrated Life Sciences Building, located in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center. Dr. Brown has been interested in relationships between bioenergetics and cellular physiology since he was an undergraduate researcher. He is driven to understand, model, and treat mitochondrial dysfunction in diseases, particularly muscle pathologies and genetic mitochondrial defects. Dr. Brown’s research program also focuses on the development of novel therapeutics that target mitochondria. He has worked with a number of compounds that have progressed to clinical trials, and is an advocate for continued advancement of mitochondria as a therapeutic target across indications. His work has been supported by numerous funding agencies and partners in industry. Dr. Brown is a member of the Virginia Tech Center for Drug Discovery, the Virginia Tech Faculty of Health Sciences, the American Physiological Society, and the American Heart Association.