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Michael D. Brown

Teaching Professor, Cell Biology and Physiology Department Chair of Cell Biology and Physiology

4005B LSB


  • PhD, Anatomy , Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Neurosciences, Colorado State University (1999)
  • MS, Anatomy , Program in Neuronal Growth and Development, Colorado State University (1998)
  • BS, Microbiology , Minor in Japanese, Brigham Young University (1993)

Honors and Awards

  • Joseph Rowberry Teaching and Learning Faculty Fellowship, Brigham Young University (2015 - 2015)
  • Karl G. Maeser Professional Faculty Excellence Award, Brigham Young University (2014 - 2014)
  • Distinguished Faculty Award, Department of Physiology & Developmental Biology, Brigham Young University (2013 - 2013)
  • Faculty Recognition Award, Accessibility Center, Brigham Young University (2010 - 2010)
  • Continuing Faculty Status, Brigham Young University (2009 - 2009)
  • College Teaching Excellence Award, College of Biology and Agriculture, Brigham Young University (2005 - 2005)
  • Tenured Biology Instructor, Yakima Valley Community College (2002 - 2002)
  • Teacher of the Year Nominee, Yakima Valley Community College (2001 - 2001)
  • Master Teacher of the Year Nominee, Front Range Community College (1999 - 1999)

Administrative Assignments

  • Neuroscience Center: Director (2010 - 2015)


  • Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (2005 - Present)
  • Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (2004 - Present)
  • The Society for Neuroscience (2004 - Present)
  • BYU Neuroscience Center (2003 - Present)


Book, Chapter or Section

Brown MD. 2010. Teaching Portfolio - Physiology and Developmental Biology . P. Seldin, J.E. Miller and C.A. Seldin, editors. The Teaching Portfolio: A Practical Guide to Improved Performance and Promotion/Tenure Decisions. 4th editionth ed. P. Seldin, J.E. Miller and C.A. Seldin, editors. San Fransisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. p. 306-317 [Website]

Conference Proceedings

Brown MD, Kuhn TB, Bamburg JR. 1999. Activation of cdc42 mimics the effects of soluble laminin on growth cone morphology and neurite outgrowth. Brown MD, Cornejo BJ, Bamburg JR. 1998. Cdc42 modulates neurite outgrowth and growth cone morphology. Brown MD, Bamburg JR. 1997. Regulation of the phosphorylation of Xenopus ADF/cofilin during cytokinesis by rac1. Abe H, Verrastro TA, Brown MD, Minamide LS, Caddoo WS, Agnew BJ, Obinata T, Bamburg JR. 1995. Xenopus development is dependent upon regulation of ADF/cofilin by phosphorylation.

Encyclopedia/Dictionary Entry

Brown MD, Fingerman M. 2006. Neurosecretion. 10th ed. [place unknown]: McGraw-Hill. Brown MD, Bamburg JR. 1999. Neurobiology. 9th ed. [place unknown]: McGraw-Hill.

Journal Article, Academic Journal

Brown MD, Cornejo BJ, Kuhn TB, Bamburg JR. 2000. Cdc42 stimulates neurite outgrowth and formation of growth cone filopodia and lamellipodia. J Neurobiol. 43:352-364. Kuhn TB, Meberg PJ, Brown MD, Bernstein BW, Minamide LS, Jensen JR, Okada K, Soda EA, Bamburg JR. 2000. Regulating actin dynamics in neuronal growth cones by ADF/cofilin and Rho family GTPases. J Neurobiol. 44:126-144. Kuhn TB, Brown MD, Wilcox CL, Raper JA, Bamburg JR. 1999. Myelin and collapsin-1 induce motor neuron growth cone collapse through different pathways: Inhibition of collapse by opposing mutants of rac1. J Neurosci. 19:1965-1975. Kuhn TB, Brown MD, Bamburg JR. 1998. Rac1 dependent actin filament organization in growth cones is necessary for beta-1 integrin-mediated advance but not for growth on poly-D-lysine. J Neurobiol. 37:524-540.