BS Chemistry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

BA Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

PhD Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley


Email ……
Phone ….. 510-495-2470
Office …… 4510-C
Bench ….. 4550-56
5885 Hollis St., 4th floor
Emeryville, CA 94608

Current Research

My research focuses on the biochemical transformation of primary metabolites as well as the regulation of these processes.


  • Brown, M. E.; Walker, M. C.; Nakashige, T. G.; Iavarone, A. T.; Chang, M. C. Y. “Discovery and characterization of heme enzymes from unsequenced bacteria: application to microbial lignin degradation.” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 18006-18009.
  • Brown, M. E.; Barros, T.; Chang, M. C. Y. “Identification and characterization of a multi-functional dye peroxidase from a lignin-reactive bacterium.” ACS Chem. Biol. 2012, 7, 2074-2081.
  • Brown, M, E, ; Chang, M. C. Y. “Exploring bacterial lignin degradation.” Curr. Opin. Chem. Biol. 2014, 19, 1-7.
  • Jones, S. R.; Wilson, T. E.; Brown, M. E.; Fredrikson, L. L.; Ozyamak, E.; Komeili, A.; Chang, M. C. Y. “Genetic and biochemical investigations of the role of MamP in redox control of iron biomineralization in Magnetospirillum magneticum.” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 2015, 112, 3904–3909.


John Stauffer Predoctoral Fellowship, UC Berkeley 2009

Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, UC Berkeley 2009

Snyder Scholarship, UIUC 2006

Phi Lambda Upsilon/Arthur R. Sloan Award, UIUC 2005

Rinehart-Wilson Award for Organic Chemistry, UIUC 2005