PhD student Paris Brown

As a master’s student at Duke, Paris Brown developed a love of the human brain. Now, she’s building one.

When she first came to Duke, Brown spent every free moment in Professor Shyni Varghese’s lab. Although she didn’t come from a biomedical engineering background, Brown was on the lookout for an interesting project. So, Varghese recommended a project that piqued her interest: use organ-on-a-chip technology, miniaturized model systems of a human organ, to investigate the blood-brain barrier and responses to inflammation. Through that project, Brown discovered her love of the human brain.