Dr. Chris Brown

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Dr. Chris Brown

Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Development

Director of the North Carolina Space Grant

Professor of Plant Biology

North Carolina State University

Office of Research Development
10 Holladay Hall
Campus Box 7003
Raleigh, NC 27695-7003
Phone: 919.513.2457
Mobile: 919.830.2238


Dr. Chris Brown leads Research Development at North Carolina State University in the Office of Research and Graduate Studies. He and his team work towards the implementation of strategic research objectives by maximizing the effective use of existing resources, enhancing collaborative research and laying the foundation for sustainable research growth. Multi-disciplinary projects corresponding to focused research initiatives are nurtured and supported; funding opportunities for faculty and researchers are made available in a centralized portal; and support for large-scale projects is provided through strategy development, technical writing and budget creation.

Dr. Brown also serves as the Director of the North Carolina Space Grant and holds the rank of Professor of Plant Biology. He has received nearly $15 million in grants and contracts for research, education and commercial development projects from federal and state sources and has had several experiments on the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. He has over 70 publications on topics in gravitational and space biology, development of technology for spaceflight, and plant physiology.

Dr. Brown initiated and/or helped grow space related programs at North Carolina State University and throughout the state. These include the Plant Gravitational Genomics Laboratory, the National Institute for Aerospace, the North Carolina Space Grant, the Pisgah Astronomical Research and Science Education Center, the “Adventures of the Agronauts” educational website and the NC Aerospace Initiative, an effort to enhance aerospace research, workforce development and commercial activity in the state.

Dr. Brown taught an on-campus and distance education course in Space Biology at North Carolina State University from 1996-2009 and is the co-creator of the “Adventures of the Agronauts” website for elementary and middle school science education using a space biology theme. Dr. Brown serves currently on the boards of the National Council of Space Grant Directors, the National Space Grant Alliance Board (vice chair), and the Board of Advisors for the Kenan Fellows for Curriculum and Leadership Development. He was elected president of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Biology (2004-5).

Dr. Brown earned a bachelor of science degree in botany from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1981. He earned a master’s degree in horticultural science in 1984 and a doctorate in botany in 1987, both from NC State University. Following postdoctoral training in biochemistry at the University of Missouri-Columbia, he became the Manager and Senior Scientist of the Plant Space Biology Lab at the Kennedy Space Center in 1989. He joined NC State University in 2001.

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