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Brandon C., Ph.D.


Brandon earned a B.S. in biology and an M.S. in molecular biology from East Carolina University, where he studied adaptive immunity. He earned his Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), with an emphasis in antimicrobial therapeutic discovery. There he used peptide chemistry and mass spectrometry techniques to investigate the structure and function of antimicrobial peptides that target drug resistant human pathogens. Brandon worked as a Research Fellow at Clemson University Genomics Institute on a wide range of projects, including the proteomic evaluation of cell death in flowering plants and the development of functional genomics resources for blackberry. He then went on to work as a research fellow at the National Institute of Environmental and Health Science (NIEHS) where his research focused on the control of mRNA stability by a eukaryotic family of zinc-finger proteins. The research focused on the mechanism of action of this protein family in targeting specific mRNA sequence motifs and regulating transcript stability. His work involved the use of various eukaryotic cell types in culture, including Human cell lines and yeast strains. Recently, Brandon has worked in the biotechnology industry serving in multiple roles at Intrexon Corporation. These roles included the design and development of complex genetic systems for controlled expression of cytokines and other immune system modulators. His experience in industry included the development of high throughput biomaterial production and genetic screening using automated systems. He has led projects focused on integrating laboratory automation systems with gene delivery and assay detection instruments. His contribution to the work was to plan projects, write proposals for internal funding programs to support the work, and work closely with automation engineers to test, refine and deploy new integrated systems. During his time at Intrexon Brandon contributed technology overview slides for various business pitch decks and overview presentations to clients. Since 2008 Brandon has also volunteered as a career advisor for graduate students and postdocs at MUSC by providing input on CV development and content editing, and by serving on career guidance panels during workshops. Brandon has experience developing grant proposals for NSF and NIH, as well as proposals for custom private funding programs. He has served as an NIH internal manuscript reviewer, and as a peer reviewer for several journals, including: Biochimie, BMC Genomics, Chemical Biology and Drug Design, Developmental and Comparative Immunology, Gene and Marine Biotechnology.