Brain Sciences


Mike Brown

Mike Brown is the Director of Biological Services at UCL, providing high quality facilities and specialist support to the biomedical research community to meet the needs of UCL’s research effort.

Portrait photo of Mike Brown

How long have you been involved with the Faculty of Brain Sciences and what is your current role? 

Although I have never actually been employed within the Faculty of Brain Sciences, I have always worked closely with the Faculty since the early beginnings of my career. Prior to the MRC Prion Unit becoming part of UCL, I was involved in a number of collaborations with researchers at the IoN. Similarly, since joining UCL I have worked closely with colleagues in the IoN, IoO, IBN, the DRI at UCL and the Ear Institute, on infrastructure projects and supporting existing and incoming researchers.  

What aspect of your work most excites you and why? 

I really enjoy working with the huge variety of amazing people in different subject areas. We are fortunate to work in an environment with so much subject matter expertise and I am always excited to support the development of new research capabilities at UCL.  

What working achievements are you most proud of? 

I am really proud of what we have achieved in Biological Services over a reasonably short period of time. Significantly, we have established a roadmap towards a future operating model focused on the needs of researchers. We have also secured investment to preserve the excellent service we offer now, and to create world-leading facilities for the future. The journey has begun already with the successful implementation of a new software solution for facilities and the Technical Futures Programme which recognises the vital impact of research, technical and teaching professionals for research and innovation at UCL.  

Tell us something interesting about yourself that people might not know 

I am a big nature lover so it won’t come as a surprise that my hobbies are all associated with the great outdoors. I enjoy water sports, hiking and snowboarding. I grew up by the seaside in warmer climates which might be why I wear flip-flops all year round – outside of work of course! 

What’s the best advice you would give your younger self? 

Always try and find balance in your arguments and try your best to view the impact of your decisions through a variety of different perspectives. Also, to never stop having fun and finding enjoyment in what you do!