Daniel DeWitt Brown, Ph.D.
You can contact me at Danielbrownphd at the ole gmail dot, you know.
Prints and original drawings and paintings are available at the Laughing Mantis Studio Etsy store. If you see something here that you want a print of and it’s not listed, I can easily make it available.
A few prints are also available in the Laughing Mantis Studio Zazzle store.
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 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 married an absolutely amazing woman, Tamaryn Kelley Brown. She’s a mental health counselor.
On a whim she decided to become a painter one random day and sold her first oil painting at her first showing. 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.
We have one awesome but epileptic cat (Dizzy). We have a pup named Bandit. Here’s a portrait I drew of him:
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