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Brian Slaughter

B.A., Chemistry and Mathematics, William Jewell College
Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Kansas

Portrait of Brian Slaughter

Courses Taught

Cell Biology; Genetics


Brian Slaughter, Ph.D., is the Senior Director of Research Support at the Stowers Institute, appointed in March 2022. In this role, Slaughter oversees the various Technology Centers, including Microscopy, Sequencing, Proteomics, and Model Research Organisms, teaming with the Scientific Director and the Chief Scientific Director to direct the technology focus of the Institute.

Slaughter was born in Kansas City and was raised on a farm in Northwest Missouri. After receiving a dual B.A. in chemistry and mathematics from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, in 1999, Slaughter briefly returned to Northwest Missouri to teach science and math before pursuing his graduate work at the University of Kansas. There he studied the biophysics of a calcium signaling protein with Carey Johnson, Ph.D., receiving a Ph.D. in chemistry in 2005. Following this, he pursued a postdoctoral fellowship in the lab of former investigator Rong Li, Ph.D., at the Stowers Institute. In 2010, he moved into a role as a Research Advisor, collaborating with Stowers investigators on adapting microscopy methods for use in a wide range of research organisms. In 2015, Slaughter transitioned to Co-Head of the Microscopy Center, then Co-Director of Microscopy, Imaging, and Big Data in 2019, prior to his current appointment in 2022.

During his 17 years at the Institute, Slaughter's primary focus has been on helping advance the research programs of the Principal Investigators’ labs, focusing on teamwork, and innovating and collaborating with the investigators to apply creative technology solutions to accelerate their science.

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