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Dr Max Brown, BSc Hons, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Biosciences

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I am a PDRA in the Department of Biosciences. I have ten years of experience as an active researcher in cell biology, focusing on the secretory pathway and more recently mechanobiology, collaborating with engineers and computer scientists.

My current project, in collaboration with industry, combines state of the art imaging techniques with mechanical stretching of mammalian cells. As part of this project, I have used CAD to design and build a user-friendly, microscope-mountable stretching device. In addition to this work, I am investigating collagen trafficking and synthesis through the secretory pathway.


 I have been involved in multiple outreach projects from the Durham Science Festival to Parkinson's UK Research Awareness meetings.

I also enjoying creating video and other media to highlight and broaden the audience of my research and work. Click here to see the 2-minute video abstract I created for one of my recent publications

And another video here, which I created for Parkinson's UK to raise awareness of research and the 'Dave the worm' sponsorship scheme:

Research Interests

  • Endoplasmic reticulum stress
  • Biomechanics

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