BOSTON â€” Eastern Connecticut State University alumnus Justin Brown lost his father to cancer at just 14 years old. Growing up without a father was a life-changing experience in more ways than one. In fact, the experience inspired his lifeâ€™s work. â€œItâ€™s definitely shaped who I am as a person, as a scientist, as a human,â€? said the 30-year-old Brown, a 2009 graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University, who lives in Boston. Earlier this year, Brown won the â€œEarly Investigator Awardâ€?