Ashli Brown, an accomplished Mississippi State University researcher and administrator for the Mississippi State Chemical Laboratory, is taking the helm of that state agency housed on the land-grant institution’s campus. Brown has been named state chemist and director of the MSCL, effective Oct. 1 and pending formal approval by the Mississippi Senate. Previously, she served as the MSCL’s director of research and agriculture forensics.
Brown, a University of South Florida doctoral graduate, is a biochemist and molecular biologist with a research and teaching focus on aflatoxin, a group of toxic compounds produced by some molds that can contaminate stored food supplies like animal feed and peanuts. Her research interests include physical biochemistry, enzymology, protein kinases, insect pheromones and gas chromatography and mass spectrometry. She is on the faculty of MSU’s Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and is also a scientist in the university’s Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station.