Kyle Brawner joined the Lipscomb Biology Department in August 2020 as an assistant professor. He received his Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology from Lipscomb in 2012 and his Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2017. Dr. Brawner’s doctoral work centered on the bacterial pathogen Helicobacter pylori, the leading cause of stomach cancer worldwide. Specifically, he studied why children who are infected with H. pylori have much less severe disease than infected adults. Dr. Brawner also completed postdoctoral research at UAB. He studied how diet affects the gut microbiota and gut immune system and also investigated how maternal psychological stress during pregnancy impacts gut health of the offspring. While a postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Brawner also served as an adjunct instructor of biology at a local community college and taught in UAB’s undergraduate immunology program.
A Nashville area native, Dr. Brawner is excited to be back at Lipscomb. He enjoys running, traveling, reading, and hiking. He has been married to his wife, Cristin, since 2016.
B.S. in Molecular Biology, Lipscomb University (2012); Ph.D. in Microbiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham (2017)