Trained in chemistry and biochemistry, Dr. Brown specializes in understanding the intracellular proteomic environment and its bioengineering. She received a B.S. in Chemistry and a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She obtained her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley under the guidance of Professor Michelle Chang where she investigated the lignin-induced transcriptomic and proteomic response of lignin-degrading bacteria as well as novel biochemical mechanisms for the oxidation of lignin and lignin-like molecules. Her post-doctoral studies were performed in the laboratory of Professor Jay Keasling engineering bacteria to degrade chemical warfare agents as a source of carbon.