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Joseph D. Brown, Ph.D., BCES, Captain, USCG, (Permanent Commissioned Teaching Staff)

Associate Professor, Chemistry Department of Science

CAPT Joseph D. Brown graduated with a degree in Marine and Environmental Science from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1998. After graduation, he served as a Deck Watch Officer and the Assistant Operations Officer aboard the CGC Polar Sea (WAGB-11) in Seattle, Washington. In 2001 he was assigned to Marine Safety Office San Diego, California where he performed the duties of Port Safety and Security Officer, Assistant Chief of Port Operations, and Marine Inspector. CAPT Brown completed his masters degree in organic chemistry in 2007 from San Diego State University.  CAPT Brown then served as a rotating military faculty from 2006-2010 during which time he was active in cadet professional development as a Yacht Safety Officer, Head Pistol Team Coach, and is a member of the American Chemical Society. In 2010, he transferred to Marine Safety Unit Morgan City as the Assistant Response Department Head and then Response Department Head. In 2011, CAPT Brown was selected to join the Academy’s Permanent Commissioned Teaching Staff.


  • M.A. Chemistry; San Diego State University, 2007
  • B.S. Marine and Environmental Sciences; U. S. Coast Guard Academy, 1998

Courses Taught

  • General Chemistry I and Lab
  • General Chemistry II and Lab
  • Organic Chemistry Lab
  • Fourth Class Academic Orientation Program
  • Projects in Chemistry
  • Research in Chemistry

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Rodrigo Rodriguez, Po-Shen Pan, Chung-Mao Pan, Suchitra Ravula, Stephanie Lapera, Erin Singh, Thomas J. Styers, Joseph D. Brown, Julia Cajica, Emily Parry, Katerina Otrubova, and Shelli R. McAlpine* Synthesis of second generation Sansalvamide A derivatives: Novel Templates as Potent Anti-tumor Agents, J. Org. Chem. v72, p1980-2002 2007
  • Thomas J. Styers, Ahmet Kekec, Rodrigo Rodriguez, Joseph D. Brown, Julia Cajica, Chris L. Carroll, Po-Shen Pan, Irene Medina, Ricardo Corral, Jennifer V. C. Johnston, Emily Parry, Stephanie Lapera, Katerina Otrubova, Kathleen L. McGuire,* and Shelli R. McAlpine* Synthesis of Sansalvamide A derivatives and their cytotoxicity in colon cancer cell line HT-29 Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry, v14, p5625-5631, 2006
  • Joseph D Brown, Ahmet Kekec, Emily Parry, Shelli R. McAlpine The design and Synthesis of N-Methyl Sansalvamide A derivatives poster presentation at the American Chemical Society national meeting in Washington, D.C. August, 2005
  • Chris L. Carroll, Jennifer V. C. Johnston, Ahmet Kekec, Joseph D. Brown, Emily Parry, Julia Cajica, Irene Medina, Kristina M. Cook, Ricardo Corrall, Po-Shen Pan, Ricardo Corral, and Shelli R. McAlpine* “Synthesis and cytotoxicity of novel Sansalvamide A derivatives,” Organic Letters, v7, p3481-3484 2005
  • Michael Comerford, Kathleen McCaffrey, Joseph Brown, Microwave Synthesis of Complex Peptide Chains oral presentation at cadet research symposium, Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut, 2008
  • Paul Ledbetter, Joseph Brown Stereospecificity and Kinetic versus Thermodynamic Product Shift of a Diels-Alder Reaction poster presentation at the Inter-Service Academy Chemistry Conference, West Point, New York, 2010
  • Joseph Brown MSU Morgan City – Deepwater Horizon Fuel Salvage presentation at the RRT Region VI semi-annual meeting, Little Rock, Arkansas, 2011


  • Coast Guard Commendation Medal
  • Coast Guard Achievement Medal (x2)
  • Summer research fellowship; Center for Advanced Studies (2009)

Professional Memberships

  • American Chemical Society

Contact Information

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