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Jeffrey Brown
Assistant Teaching Professor of Biobehavioral Health
Summary Statement

Jeff Brown's teaching topics, at the undergraduate and graduate levels, have included clinical neuroscience, neurophysiology, integrative neuroscience, and electrophysiological techniques.

  • Biobehavioral Health - BBH
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, PhD, Biophysics and Computational Biology, 2014
Office Address
416 Biobehavioral Health Building
  • Neuroethology
  • Neural network dynamics
  • Biophysics
Research Interests

Jeff Brown’s research is organized around how neural networks in simple invertebrate brains configure themselves to optimize behavioral outputs, encode learning/memory, and give rise to volition and decision-making.

Additional Information

Originally from Framingham, MA, Jeff completed his bachelor’s degree in physics at Harvard University in 2005. After an elective course on the human brain he took as a senior catalyzed an
abiding interest in neuroscience, Jeff would go on to complete a doctoral degree in biophysics and computational biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2014, where his research centered on the neurophysiological bases of decision-making behavior.
A versatile educator who has amassed experiences in undergraduate, graduate, and medical school instruction, curricular design, professional education consultancy, and research mentorship over a period of 20 years, Jeff was proud to direct the first-year neuroscience course at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign, where he served on the faculty between 2014 and 2018. He moved to Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (North Chicago, IL) in 2019 to pursue postdoctoral research in the research group of Dr. William Frost, where he utilized optical electrophysiology and computational approaches to study network dynamics in simple nervous systems. While at Rosalind Franklin, Jeff was privileged to contribute to lectures regularly in the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and to undergraduate courses at nearby Lake Forest College. He currently serves as an adjunct assistant professor in the university’s College of Nursing, where he recently co-designed and co-taught a course in clinical neuroscience.
In his spare time, Jeff enjoys spending time with his wife Jill, an elementary school teacher, and their eight (!) cats, playing classical piano, volunteering with animal rescue, and indoor and outdoor
activities ranging from jigsaw puzzles, board games, and trivia to hiking, biking, and swimming.