Joseph W. Brewer, PhD

Joseph W. Brewer, PhDAssociate Dean for Research
Associate Professor of Immunology

Chair, Department of Molecular and Cellular Sciences
Phone: (434) 592-6217


  • PhD, Duke University
  • BS, Auburn University


Dr. Brewer earned a BS in Molecular Biology at Auburn University (’90) and a PhD in Immunology at Duke University (’95). He then completed a post-doctoral fellowship in cell biology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Dr. Brewer came to LUCOM with 14 years of faculty experience in medical and graduate education in the biomedical sciences, teaching
immunology and mentoring students in the laboratory.

Dr. Brewer served on the faculty at the Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University, Chicago, for 8 years and then at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine for 6 years. His research focuses on a cellular stress response mechanism, termed the unfolded protein response, and on the function of B-lymphocytes in the immune system.

Dr. Brewer and his wife, Pamela, have 2 daughters and a son. Together, they enjoy outdoor activities, sightseeing, and serving in their home church, especially working with children.

Learn more about Dr. Joseph Brewer in the Faculty Spotlight.