Kevin Brown

Assistant Professor


Ph.D., Cornell University (2003)

Current Research

  • Mathematical modeling and inference in complex biological systems
  • Data-driven inverse problems in neuroscience, systems biology, and physics
  • Statistical mechanical tools for dynamical models with many parameters (“Sloppy Models”: obtaining robust predictions even with poorly constrained parameters)
  • Bayesian and nonparametric statistical methods for inference of underlying network structure from data
Current and former projects include fusing EEG and fMRI data, modeling mammalian protein signaling networks, modeling human brain activity and the brain mechanisms that select between spontaneous and perceptual inputs, finding networks of coevolving amino acids from protein sequence data, and estimating larval connectivity from numerical models of oceanic circulation.

Professional Activities

Reviewer: Neuroimage, BMC Systems Biology, J. Royal Soc. Interface Focus, Human Brain Mapping
Guest Assistant Editor: PLoS Computational Biology
Member: Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Organization for Human Brain Mapping

Previous Positions

2011-2012 Assistant Project Scientist, Department of Physics and Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies, University of California, Santa Barbara
2007-2011 Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Physics and Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies, University of California, Santa Barbara
2004-2007 Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University

Awards & Honors

2004 Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Fellow, Harvard University
2001 National Institutes of Health Trainee in Molecular Biophysics, Cornell University
1998 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, Cornell University

Recent Publications

Insulation for daydreams: a role for tonic norepinephrine in the facilitation of internally guided thought, J. Smallwood, K. S. Brown, B. Baird, M. Mrazek, M. Franklin,  and J. W. Schooler, PLoS ONE 7(4), e33706 (2012)

Learning, memory, and the role of neural network architecture, A. M. Hermunstad, K. S. Brown, D. S. Bassett, J. M. Carlson, PLoS Computational Biology 7(6), e1002063 (2011).

Pupillometric evidence for decoupling of attention from perceptual input during offline thought, J. Smallwood*, K. S. Brown*, C. Tipper, B. Giesbrecht, M. S. Franklin, M. D. Mrazek, J. M. Carlson, and J. W. Schooler (*equal authorship), PLoS ONE 6(3), e18298 (2011).

Validation of coevolving residue algorithms via pipeline sensitivity analysis: ELSC and OMES and ZNMI, oh my!, C. A. Brown and K. S. Brown, PLoS ONE 5, e10779 (2010).

Improving human brain mapping via joint inversion of brain electrodynamics and the BOLD signal, K. S. Brown, S. Ortigue, S. T. Grafton, and J. M. Carlson, Neuroimage 49, 2401-2415 (2010).

Universally sloppy parameter sensitivities in systems biology, R. N. Gutenskunst, J. J. Waterfall, F. P. Casey, K. S. Brown, C. R. Myers, J. P. Sethna, PLoS Computational Biology 3, e189 (2007).

Contact Information
Mailing Address260 Glenbrook Road, Unit 3247, Storrs, CT 06269-3247