Kirsten Brown Kirsten Brown
Frank N. Miller Distinguished Teaching Professor
Associate Director, Teaching and Learning Resources and Career Development
Associate Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology

Office Phone: 202-994-6705
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Department: Anatomy and Cell Biology


  • B.S., Louisiana State University, 2005
  • BA, Louisiana State University, 2005
  • PhD, Johns Hopkins University, 2011


Current Active Professional Memberships

AAA (American Association of Anatomists) 
AAPA (American Association of Physical Anthropologists)

Fellowships and Awards

Young Faculty Travel Award, American Association of Anatomists (2012) American Dissertation 
American Dissertation Fellowship, American Association of University Women (2010-2011)

Research Interests

Throughout her graduate career, Dr. Brown has focused her research efforts on the evolutionary mechanisms that have shaped the modern human bony pelvis.  Specifically she has addressed the evolutionary trade-offs between (1) bipedailty and obstetrics and (2) obstetrics and visceral support using different types of geometric morphometric analyses.  Her evolutionary background has provided a unique perspective on the clinical topic of Pelvic Floor Disorders (PFDs), and how these clinical issues are rooted in the various modifications of the pelvis and pelvic floor across human evolutionary history. 

Teaching Interests

In addition to her research interests, she teaches in the anatomical sciences, including human gross anatomy and neuroanatomy. She has developed an appreciation for all of the anatomical sciences, and likewise has devoted a significant amount of her time to improving anatomical education, including incorporating ultrasound in demonstrating anatomy.  She is currently collaborating with Dr. Rosalyn Jurjus on research projects applying adult learning principles to the anatomical sciences.

Industry Relationships and Collaborations

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has reported a financial interest with the health care related companies listed below. These relations have been reported to the University and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts.

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