About Dr. Brennan
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Dr. Richard Brennan received his A.B. in Biology with Distinction from Boston University and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His postdoctoral training was conducted in the laboratory of Professor Brian W. Matthews at the Institute of Molecular Biology at the University of Oregon. After completing his postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Brennan joined faculty in 1989 at the Oregon Health & Science University where he rose through the academic ranks and became the Richard T Jones Professor of Structural Biology in 2001. In 2005, Dr. Brennan moved to the University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center as the Robert A. Welch Distinguished University Chair in Chemistry in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. In 2011 Dr. Brennan became the Chair of the Department of Biochemistry at Duke University School of Medicine and is a James B. Duke Professor of Biochemistry. He has published over 130 articles. His laboratory elucidated the first high-resolution structures of a LacI, MerR, or MarR family members bound to cognate DNA, Hfq-RNA complexes, and the first multidrug-binding transcription regulators bound to multiple drugs.

Beyond research, Dr. Brennan has had a long-standing interest in graduate and postdoctoral education and training and has served on the NIGMS Biomedical Research and Research Training grant study section. In 2004, he was awarded the John A. Resko Faculty Research Achievement and Mentoring Award from the Oregon Health & Science University. He has served as a counselor for the Biophysical Society and is a member of several professional societies, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Crystallographic Society, American Society for Microbiology, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and the Biophysical Society. He is currently serving on the editorial boards of Molecular Microbiology, the Journal of Bacteriology and mBio. He was elected Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology in 2007 and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2011.
History of the Lab
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The Brennan Laboratory started in 1989 in Portland, Oregon where Dr. Richard Brennan was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Oregon Health & Science University. Over the years, Dr. Brennan climbed the ranks, becoming an associate professor then professor, and finally Richard T. Jones Professor of Structural Biology. In 2005, the Brennan Lab moved to Houston, TX when Dr. Brennan was awarded the position of professor and Robert A. Welch Distinguished University Chair in Chemistry in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Texas, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. In 2007, he also became an adjunct Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology at Rice University. In 2011, the Brennan lab moved to Duke University in Durham, NC when Dr. Brennan became the James B. Duke Professor of Biochemistry and Chair of the Department of Biochemistry in the Duke School of Medicine.