You can contact me at Daniel [dot] Brown [at] yahoo [dot] com.
Most of my childhood and teenage years were spent thinking I would someday be an artist of some sort. Then I had two amazing teachers in biology who set me squarely on the path to becoming a scientist. After many many years of studying and training, I finally ended up with a PhD studying the genetics of heart development. I have since studied various biological systems at several different institutions.
Lately I’ve been doing a lot of work with pan pastels and pastel pencils. I have also been doing graphite pencil drawings, primarily commissioned pet portraits (I AM available for commission). They are mostly available on Etsy.
I am currently working on my Ocean Invasion series, and I have a large number of works in the series sketched out. I imagine it will take me quite some time to finish them all, as all of my art is done in my free time.
I am currently a research scientist at Magee-Womens Research Institute & Foundation where I study DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ), a non-invasive form of breast cancer that is thought to be a precursor to metastatic breast cancer. Until early 2012 I was a research scientist for Thermo Fisher Scientific. Prior to that I finished a post-doctoral position at Carnegie Mellon University in the lab of Dr. Veronica Hinman, where I studied the evolution of gene regulatory networks in organismal development (using sea stars and urchins as a model). I was also formerly a post-doc at the National Institute of Environmental Health Science, working in the lab of Dr. Perry Blackshear where I studied the biology and genetics of brain development and function. I earned a BA in biology from Hendrix College and a PhD in the Program in Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the lab of Dr. Frank Conlon.
I also love talking, thinking, and writing about evolution. In this capacity, I created the Carnival of Evolution, a blog carnival devoted to the science of evolution. I have since passed the organization of the Carnival into much better hands: Björn Östman of Pleiotropy.
I recently became engaged to an absolutely amazing woman, Tamaryn Kelley. She’s a mental health counselor.
On a whim she decided to become a painter one random day. Last week she decided to try drawing. To the right is a sketch from her second day of learning to draw. She’s freakishly talented at everything she tries.
I have one awesome cat (Dizzy). Interesting side note: AFTER I named Dizzy, he became epileptic with full Gran Mal seizures. He is particularly prone to seizing if he is spun and made dizzy – as I discovered the hard way. He’s been on phenobarbitol twice a day every day for over 10 years. Also, his two siblings at the animal shelter had polydactyly (6 toes).
Tamaryn has a pup named Bandit that will soon be mine too. Here is a portrait I drew of Bandit:
The opinions and statements expressed on this blog are mine alone. They do not reflect the positions of any institution or organization with which I am affiliated. I reserve the right to delete any comment or ban any commenter for any reason whatsoever. Please direct any questions or comments directly to Daniel [dot] Brown [at] yahoo [dot] com.