Brandon is a sophomore at Stanford University pursuing a major in economics with a minor in biology. During his junior year of high school, Brandon interned at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, where he investigated the transgenic suppression of the neuromuscular disease CMT2S using mice as a model organism. During his senior year of high school, Brandon interned at The MDI Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, where he investigated the effects of thermal and oxidative stress on killifish and zebrafish embryos respectively. Aside from biomedical research, Brandon is an avid classical violinist with extensive orchestral and ensemble experience. Most notably, Brandon was one of thirty-two violinists to participate in the 2018 National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA), founded and organized by Carnegie Hall. As a member of NYO-USA, he performed at Carnegie Hall and throughout Asia with famed conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and classical pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. This past summer, Brandon served as a Stanford Economics Research Assistant under Dr. Bhattacharya, where he observed and analyzed the relationship between COVID-19 vaccination for those 65 and older and COVID-19 mortality rate. Currently, Brandon is the Vice President of Marketing for Scholars of Finance and conducts research in the Sharaf Lab at Stanford, where he analyzes the lipoproteins of B. burgdorferi (Lyme disease bacteria) in hopes of uncovering potential therapeutics targets. As a mentor for Curious Cardinals, Brandon intends to provide a fun and fruitful learning environment for students passionate about all things biology and math.
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