23 May 2012
Professor Steve Brown heads up the MRC Mammalian Genetics Unit (MGU) at MRC Harwell, which focuses on using the mouse as a model for human disease. Katherine Nightingale spoke to Steve about the international nature of mouse genetics and his own research that looks at the genes behind deafness.
Professor Steve Brown has an open door policy. “I think it’s absolutely critical for a director to be approachable. I also like to go round talking to people in the lab, finding out how the scientists are getting on,” he says.
Since becoming director in 1996, Steve has been putting his open door policy to good use, increasingly steering the unit towards international collaboration, a vital part of modern mammalian genetics.
“Many of the challenges we have in genetics right now can’t be addressed by just one institute, we need to work in large collaborative enterprises, often internationally,” says Steve. [...]