Kevin Brown

Associate Professor

Office: 541-737-8251

Pharmacy Building

Pharmacy Building 317

1601 SW Jefferson Avenue

1601 SW Jefferson Avenue
Corvallis, OR 97331

B.S. in Physics and B.A. in Mathematics, Louisiana State University, 1998

Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics, Cornell University, 2003

Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Fellow, Harvard University, 2004-2007

Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California, Santa Barbara, Department of Physics 2007-2012


Research Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Department of Marine Sciences, 2011-2013

Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut, Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Physics, and Marine Sciences, 2013-2018

Assistant Professor, Oregon State University, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering, 2018-present

Research Highlights: 

I am interested in complex biological systems: networks of genes and proteins, neurons in the brain, and words in spoken and written language. My theory of Sloppy Models has important implications for systems in ecology, chemistry, neuroscience, physics, and even atmospheric science. 

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Affiliated with: 
Pharmaceutical Science
OSU Main Campus
Faculty Type: 
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Research/Career Interests: 

I am a complex systems scientist.  I study complex biological systems, particularly those arising in systems biology, systems neuroscience, and cognitive science.  I am the originator of “Sloppy Models,” a theory of parameter space geometry in large nonlinear models with many underdetermined parameters. I have studied networks in molecular biology, neuroimaging, and cognitive science.  I employ methodology from dynamical systems, network theory, Bayesian and nonparametric statistics, computational biology, and statistical signal processing.  I employ a mix of data-driven and model-driven approaches.  My work is tightly connected to experimental data, and I have many productive collaborations with experimentalists.

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