New at Georgia Tech in 2016, Dr. Sam Brown came from the Biological Sciences Department at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1994 from Cambridge, his master’s in 1996 from Oxford and doctorate in 2000 from Cambridge. He was the CNRS Poste Rounge Fellow and the Marie Curie Fellow in Montpellier, France, and worked as the Human Frontier Science Program Fellow in Austin, Texas. He was the Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellow at Oxford and then at Edinburgh before serving as a reader in evolutionary medicine at Edinburgh. His research centers on two themes: the evolution of cooperation and the evolution of virulence. These two themes combine strongly when applied to microbial pathogens, as microbes must often communicate, coordinate and cooperate in order to grow within and transmit among their hosts. His research aims to exploit the synergies between fundamental research into bacterial ecology/evolution and the applied challenge of managing infectious diseases, in particular, responding to the growing antibiotic resistance crisis with evolution-proof drugs. He uses a mix of theoretical and experimental tools to integrate molecular microbiology with ecology, epidemiology and evolution.