Mary Schmitz-Brown, BS, CCRC - Assistant Director of Clinical Research
Mary Schmitz-Brown serves with enthusiasm as the Assistant Director of Clinical Research for the Department of Ophthalmology, and the Eye and Ear Clinical Research Center. She received her B.S. in Marine Biology with work in a Merchant Marine License Option and as a member of Corps staff in 1988 from Texas A&M University. Mary has some doctoral work in Pharmacology and is a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC). Prior to joining the Ophthalmology Clinical Research Center at UTMB in 2015, Mary was Lead Coordinator for the Flight Analog Research Unit (FARU) in support of multiple complex studies. The FARU studied countermeasures to microgravity , including Spaceflight Associated Neuro- ocular Syndrome (SANS) and associated visual impairment. She received awards and recognition for her work and dedication to the NASA BioAstronautics team. Prior to her work at Johnson Space Center, Mary had 18 years of research in cancer, metabolism and biodefense research. She has published work in combinatorial chemistry, intracellular calcium signaling and gastroenterology.