Director of R&D Operations
Brendan earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry at the University of California, Santa Barabara, in 2008. After graduating with highest honors and receiving Willard L. McRary Prize for excellence in research, Brendan joined the lab of Carolyn Bertozzi at the University of California, Berkeley.
While in the Bertozzi Lab, Brendan’s research focus was at the intersection of chemistry and biology, which provided him with broad exposure to both fields. In Brendan’s initial project he designed and synthesized unnatural analogs of a reactive sugar molecule called UDP-xylose. He then used these molecules to study the impact of inhibiting glycosaminoglycan biosynthesis in developing zebrafish. After honing his skills with zebrafish, Brendan teamed up with a colleague to create a method for visualizing glycans within a developing zebrafish. Brendan’s exposure to numerous disparate fields endowed him with a unique skill set.
At Grace Science, Brendan oversees several different CRO projects and aims to drive them with optimal efficiency. He won’t rest until we have cured NGLY1 Deficiency.