• Professor, College Of Law
  • Adjunct Professor, Dept Of Internal Medicine

Research Summary

My research relates to the legal and ethical implications of the biomedical sciences and health care.


  • BA, History and Sociology of Science, Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania. Project: The Ethics of Elective Cosmetic Surgery: treatment or enhancement?
  • JD, College of Law, University of Michigan


Professor Brown joined the faculty in 2009 following two years as a fellow at Stanford University, where she was a post-doctoral scholar in the medical school's Center for Biomedical Ethics and a fellow with the law school's Center for Law and the Biosciences. Professor Brown has also been a fellow with the MacArthur Foundation's ground breaking Law and Neuroscience Project, where she worked for the Network on Legal Decision Making. Before that, she practiced law for two years at Latham & Watkins in Washington DC, specializing in early stage medical device mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and FDA regulatory matters. She also worked on several pro bono cases, including representing asylum seekers, Gallaudet University’s student body, and the Appleseed Foundation. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Law, where she focused on medical ethics and assisted in the creation of the Pediatric Advocacy Initiative, a legal clinic designed to offer free services to patients at C.S. Mott Hospital.

Before attending law school, Professor Brown conducted HIV clinical research at the University of Pennsylvania, where she received her B.A. with high honors and distinction. She majored in the History and Sociology of Science, with concentrations in bioethics and the biological basis of behavior. Professor Brown’s research is highly interdisciplinary, and spans a wide range of issues at the intersection of law, biotechnology, medicine, and ethics. Her work has been highlighted in the Wall Street Journal and Science Progress, and she has also presented her research to law faculty, neuroscientists, practicing attorneys, and graduate students across the country.

Professor Brown teaches Torts, Bioethics & the Law, and Current Issues in Law & Biosciences. She is on the Executive Committee for the AALS Evidence section

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