Brandon was born and raised in the suburbs surrounding Philadelphia, PA. He conducted his undergraduate studies at Temple University, where he worked in the lab of Scott Sieburth on the [4+4] photocycloaddition chemistry of 2-pyridones. He later worked in the lab of Sarah Wengryniuk to develop pincer Ni(II) catalysts for the oxidative C-H functionalization of arenes.

Having developed an intense interest in organometallics, and motivated to apply it in biological systems, Brandon joined the Hartwig lab in the Summer of 2017 and is currently studying the development of novel artificial metalloenzymes.

In his free time, brandon enjoys walking, running, and watching budget horror films.