Alistair Brown

University of Exeter
United Kingdom

Al Brown is a Professor of Medical Mycology in the Medical Research Council Centre for Medical Mycology at the University of Exeter.  His team investigates how the fungal pathogen, Candida albicans, adapts to host niches during colonisation and infection.  He now works part time, having published over 310 research articles and trained a total of 49 PhD students and 55 postdocs.


He trained at Aberdeen University, in Surrey and at MIT before gaining his first faculty position at Glasgow University.  He then moved back to Aberdeen University where, together with Neil Gow, he formed the Aberdeen Fungal Group.  The AFG blossomed into a large, well-renowned medical mycology group which achieved MRC Centre status in 2016 under the leadership of Gordon Brown.  In 2019, Al Brown moved with the MRC Centre to the University of Exeter, where they have expanded further and are developing International Units for research and training in medical mycology in Africa, Latin America and Asia [].

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