Dr. Avin Brownlee is a professor of biology in HCU’s College of Science and Engineering. He earned a PhD in biology and MCS in biology from the University of Mississippi and a BS in biology TE-Secondary from West Texas State University. 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. 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 has been recognized by the University for his outstanding teaching several times. He received the Opal Goolsby Outstanding Teaching Award in 1978, 1982, 1988 and 1998. In 2009, Dr. Brownlee was the Piper Professor nominee from the College of Science and Math. His hobbies include hunting, piano, reading, and collecting and restoring antique clocks.
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