Sean Brown
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My research interests are focused on reproductive physiology – in particular, the regulation of sperm function. In collaboration with Professor Chris Barratt at the University of Dundee and NHS Tayside, I’m investigating ion channel (dys)function in human sperm. From a research perspective, I’m also interested in pedagogic research in online teaching.

I completed my PhD in Neuroscience at University College London.  Before joining Abertay University as a lecturer, I held postdoctoral research positions at University College London and the University of Dundee. My research experience includes investigating the electrophysiological and molecular analysis of GIRK channels, and the intracellular signalling pathways controlling ENaC expression.

I have previously acted as an external examiner for the Biotechnology degree at the Modern Science and Arts University in Cairo, Egypt.


Undergraduate module leader responsibilities;

  • LSC102 - Human Physiology
  • LSC204 - Medical Physiology
  • LSC303 - Transfusion Science
  • LSC404 - Advanced Pathophysiology

Dr. Brown has a pedagogic research interest in the area of online teaching/learning and assessment.

Research interests

Dr. Brown is currently working in collaboration with Professor Chris Barratt at the University of Dundee and NHS Tayside working on the pathophysiology of human sperm.  His background is as an electrophysiologist (patch clamp) and has an interest in the molecular control of ion channel function and is currently involved in a studying examining ion channel (dys)function in human sperm.


Dr. Brown has been the recipient of Tenovus Scotland, Carnegie Scotland, Medical Research Council and Chief Scientist office grants.


External examiner for Biotechnology degree at  Modern Science and Arts University, Cairo, Egypt (2012-14).

Reviewer for Human reproduction

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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