‌William Browne


16 Cox Science Center
1301 Memorial Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146
E-mail: w.browne@miami.edu
Office: (305) 284-3319

Lab: (305) 284-8557

Lab website


  • 2009-present, Assistant Professor, Biology Department, University of Miami
  • 2007-2009, Assistant Researcher, Kewalo Marine Laboratory, University of Hawaii
  • 2003-2007, Postdoctoral fellow in Kewalo Marine Laboratory, University of Hawaii
  • 2003, Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology, University of Chicago
  • 1994, B.A. in Biological Sciences, University of Chicago


  • 2011-present, Smithsonian Institution, Research Collaborator.
  • 2006-07, NAS/NRC Ford Postdoctoral Fellowship.
  • 2003-06, NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship.
  • 2003, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Postdoctoral Visiting Scientist award.
  • 2000-04, Smithsonian Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystems Program Grant.


  • 2011 University of Miami SEEDS Award
  • 2011 University of Miami Provost Award
  • 2007 NSF IOS-0718975.
  • 2007 NIH 1 R03 HD054621-01A1 (coPI).
  • 2006 NAS/NRC Ford Postdoctoral Fellow.
  • 2003 Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Postdoctoral Visiting Scientist award.
  • 2003 NSF DBI-0310269 Postdoctoral Fellow.
  • 2000-2004 Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystems Program Grant.
  • 1999, NASA Life Sciences Grant (NAG-6033, PI-Nipam H. Patel, symposium grant).


Developmental Biology and Evolutionary Biology


Research in my lab is focused on investigating patterns of change underlying animal diversity.  We employ a wide range of experimental approaches to explore the molecular genetic relationship between genotype and phenotype from both developmental and evolutionary perspectives. Current work in the lab primarily use cultures of the lobate ctenophore Mnemiopsis leidyi as a model. Evolutionary investigations extending from analysis of this model include work with a broad range of organisms and their genomes.


  • Kao, D., Lai, A. G., Stamataki, E., Rosic, S., Konstantides, N., Jarvis, E., Di Donfrancesco, A., Pouchkina-Stancheva, N., Semon, M., Grillo, M., Bruce, H., Kumar, S., Siwanowicz, I., Le, A., Lemire, A., Eisen, M. B., Extavour, C., Browne, W. E., Wolf, C., Averof, M., Patel, N. H., Sarkies, P., Pavlopoulos, A., Aboobaker, A. A.. (2016) The genome of the crustacean Parhyale hawaiensis: a model for animal development, regeneration, immunity and lignocellulose digestion. eLife 5, e20062.001 LINK
  • Presnell, J. S., Vandepas, L. E., Warren, K. J., Swalla, B. J., Amemiya, C. T.,  Browne, W. E.. (2016) The presence of a functionally tripartite through-gut in Ctenophora has implications for metazoan character trait evolution. Current Biology, 26, 2814-2820. LINK
  • Zeidler, W., Browne, W. E.. (2015) A new species of Glossocephalus (Crustacea: Amphipoda: Hyperiidea: Oxycephalidae) from deep-water in the Monterey Bay region, California, USA with an overview of the genus. Zootaxa 4027, 408-424. LINK
  • Presnell, J. S., Schnitzler, C. E., Browne, W. E.. (2015) Klf/Sp transcription factor family evolution: expansion, diversification, and innovation in the Eukaryota. Genome Biology and Evolution 7, 2289-2309. LINK
  • Hurt, C., Haddock, S. H. D., Browne, W. E.. (2013) Molecular phylogenetic evidence for the reorganization of the Hyperiid amphipods, a diverse group of pelagic crustaceans. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 67, 28-37. LINK
  • Dunn, C. W., Hejnol, A., Matus, D. Q., Pang, K., Browne, W. E., Smith, S. A., Seaver, E., Rouse, G. W., Obst, M., Edgecombe, G. D., Sørensen, M. V., Haddock, S. H. D., Schmidt-Rhaesa, A., Okusu, A., Kristensen, R., Wheeler, W. C., Martindale, M. Q., Giribet, G.. (2008) Broad taxon sampling improves resolution of the animal tree of life in phylogenomic analyses. Nature 452, 745-749. LINK