Harrison School of Pharmacy

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Andrew Brannen Andrew Brannen
Degree Program: Ph.D., Pharmacology
Anticipated Graduation: May, 2016
Advisor: Peter Panizzi, Ph.D.
Email: adb0009@auburn.edu

B.S., Microbial, Cellular, and Molecular Biology - Auburn, 2012

Research Areas:

  • Pathobiology of Staphylococcal and Streptococcal disease, particularly host zymogen activation
  • In vivo and ex vivo evaluation of novel probiotics for inhibition of cutaneous Staphylococcus aureus infection

Andrew Brannen is from Huntsville Alabama and graduated with honors from Sparkman High School. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Microbial, Cellular, and Molecular Biology (MCMB program) at Auburn University’s College of Science and Mathematics in 2012. While pursuing his bachelor’s degree, Brannen worked as a research assistant developing monoclonal antibodies at the Auburn University Hybridoma Facility, and as an undergraduate teaching assistant for immunology, cell biology, and recombinant DNA labs.

Brannen performed undergraduate research during his senior year in the lab of Dr. Peter Panizzi at the Harrison School of Pharmacy, which led to his pursuit of a Ph.D. in pharmacology under Dr. Panizzi’s advisement.

During graduate school, Brannen served as a senator representing the Department of Drug Discovery and Development for the Auburn University Graduate Student Council and worked as a teaching assistant for pharmacy student compounding labs. Brannen’s research interests have been focused on elucidating the mechanisms of Staphylococcus aureus pathogenesis through molecular investigations of virulence factors, and the evaluation of a novel probiotic for inhibition of S. aureus colonization in an in vivo wound model using molecular imaging.

Brannen has had abstracts accepted for his research at regional, national, and international conferences including the Nanobio Summit 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the American Society of Microbiology General Assembly 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts, and the World Molecular Imaging Congress 2015 in Honolulu, Hawaii.


Last Updated: March 8, 2017