Dr. Kelly Brown

Dr. Kelly Brown is a research scientist with a longstanding interest in inflammatory conditions and in particular, those that develop in childhood. She received her early academic training in Canada, studying biochemistry (B.Sc., thesis supervisor Dr. Jamie K Scott) at Simon Fraser University and immunology (Ph.D.) at the University of British Columbia (Ph.D., thesis supervisor Dr. Pauline Johnson).

In 2014, Kelly joined the University of British Columbia (UBC) Division of Pediatric Rheumatology and established her laboratory in the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute. As the Division’s first full-time Ph.D. scientist, Dr. Brown is a key player in creating the best evidence-based care for children and youth with a rheumatic disease. 


  • 2024 Nominated for the Canadian Society of Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology Excellence Award in Blood and Blood Vessel Research 
  • 2023 Nominated for a UBC Distinguished Achievement Award for the Advancement of Equity, Diversity and Inclusiveness. 
  • 2022  Nominated for a Johnson & Johnson Women in STEM2D Scholar Award in the Science Category. 
  • 2016, 2019, 2024 BC Children’s Hospital Foundation Investigator Award
  • 2016 Michael Smith Foundation for Health and Research Partnered Scholar Award
  • 2013 Translational Medicine Certification Bursary, Dutch Arthritis Foundation
  • 2010 60th Nobel Laureate Meeting invited attendee 


  • Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
  • Associate Member, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Faculty of Science, UBC
  • Faculty, Women+ and Children’s Health Sciences Program, UBC
  • Investigator, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
  • Investigator, The Centre for Blood Research, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
  • Investigator, The Academy of Translational Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, UBC

Lab Team

Equity & Inclusion Statement

The Brown lab recognizes that deep and systemic biases and barriers exist within society and the research community that limit opportunities for structurally marginalized people to pursue education, training, and careers in STEM. Members of the Brown lab are committed to creating a culture in our laboratory and in our communities that is free from such discrimination. Only when every member of our community feels valued, respected, and supported, will we fully experience the positive impact that diversity in experience, culture, and knowledge can have on our professional and personal lives. Lab members are committed towards equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) through:


  • Seek opportunities for self-directed and formal training in inclusive language and workplace practices to promote EDI
  • Learn to assess, acknowledge and strive to overcome inherent biases in our workplace and everyday lives
  • Practice open communication and sharing of acquired knowledge so, collectively, we can overcome inequities


  • Commit to formal and informal discussion of EDI, self-reflection, and acknowledgement of personal privilege
  • Acknowledge that teams that embrace EDI experience enhanced creativity, productivity and success
  • Recruit, include, and be an ally to people from structurally marginalized and underrepresented groups in STEM


  • Use and insist that others use inclusive, respectful language 
  • Openly seek and give space to hear the perspectives of others
  • Contribute to a workplace that is welcoming to all 

Lab Alumni

Maya Tharp

Jun-Aug 2020
Heritage Woods Secondary School co-op student

Rafid Haq

May 2019-Aug 2020
Volunteer, UBC Co-op Student, CBR Summer Student Fellow

Sarah Ng

Sep 2021-Apr 2022
UBC BSc Thesis student

Osman Chan

Apr 2017
Heritage Woods Secondary Science co-op program

Jordan Chiu

Jun-Aug 2016
UBC Co-op Student, CBR Summer Student Fellow