Dr. Kelly Brown

Dr. Kelly Brown is a research scientist with a longstanding interest in inflammatory conditions, particularly those that develop in childhood. Kelly studied biochemistry at Simon Fraser University (B.Sc., thesis supervisor Dr. Jamie K Scott) and immunology at the University of British Columbia (Ph.D., thesis supervisor Dr. Pauline Johnson) before continuing her training abroad at the Wellcome Sanger Institute (UK) and the University of Gothenburg (Sweden).

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. 

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