Avin Brownlee, PhD

College of Science and Engineering
Biology, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology
Professor of Biology


  • PhD in Biology, University of Mississippi
  • MCS in Biology, University of Mississippi
  • BS in Biology TE-Secondary, West Texas State University

Courses Taught

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • General Biology
  • Genetics
  • Histology
  • Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
  • Pathophysiology
  • Advanced Human Anatomy
  • General Physiology

Teaching Focus

Dr. Brownlee’s areas of interest include Anatomy, Physiology, Histology, and Genetics.

Awards and Honors

Dr. Brownlee has been recognized by the University for his outstanding teaching several times. He has received the Opal Goolsby Outstanding Teaching Award in 1978, 1982, 1988 and 1998.  In 2009 Dr. Brownlee was the Piper Nominee from the College of Science and Math.

Additional Information

Dr. Brownlee came to HCU in 1973 and was Department Chair from 1990 until 2008. Under his leadership the Biology department underwent extensive curriculum changes, keeping the department at the leading edge of biomedical education. Also, since 1990 the size of the department has more than doubled, two new biology laboratories have been built and a new major in Biochemistry-Molecular Biology has been added.

Dr. Brownlee’s hobbies include motorcycling, golf, hunting, piano, reading and collecting and restoring antique clocks.