Dr. Stephen Brown
Dr. Brown received his BSc in Chemistry at Dalhousie University in Halifax and completed M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Bioanalytical Chemistry at the University of Toronto. After four years in Montreal in the National Research Council's Environmental Biotechnology group, he moved to Queen's University in 1996, where he is jointly appointed in the Department of Chemistry and the School of Environmental Studies. His research interests are related to water quality, ranging from chemical and microbiological contaminants to water policy, governance and sustainability. Collaborations with academic, industrial and government and community partners have addressed questions related to safety of drinking water systems as well as fate and toxicity of oil contamination in aquatic environments. His group invented new technology for monitoring E. coli and other bacteria in water, and in 2003, with colleagues he co-founded the Kingston, Ontario based company TECTA-PDS to commercialize the technology.