Phillip Brown completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) and Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne in 2010, and spent several years working as a product design engineer in the water industry. He returned to university to complete a Master of Science, graduating with distinction (again at the University of Melbourne) in order to change career paths. Here he realised a passion for using mathematics and computer modelling to investigate biological problems.
He is currently working towards his Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Adelaide, where he is developing an agent-based model of the colonic crypt in order to investigate the causes of bowel cancer. His work involves extending a specially designed software package (Chaste) to accommodate these models, and utilising High Performance Computing resources to test them. He is also collaborating with researchers at SAHMRI to inform and build the model, and eventually test model predictions through in vitro experiments.