About Dr. Brann
I earned my B.A. in Biological Sciences (where I specialized in neurobiology) from Northwestern University, where I was fortunate to work in the lab of Dr. Albert Farbman as an undergraduate researcher. It was in his lab that I was first exposed to the awe-inducing capacity of the olfactory system to regenerate. After deciding to pursue a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, I moved to Tallahassee, Florida to work with Dr. Debra Ann Fadool at Florida State University on signal transduction pathways in olfactory and vomeronasal sensory neurons. Following that, I moved to New York, NY to work with Dr. Stuart Firestein at Columbia University to pursue my interests in aging, neurodegeneration, and the regenerative capacity of the olfactory system.
After a stint as a non-tenure track faculty member at Columbia, I was excited to join the Department of Biology at Loyola University Chicago in August 2013 as a tenure-track Assistant Professor.
I have very much enjoyed developing the courses I have taught and working with the fantastic undergraduates and graduate students here at Loyola thus far. While this year has been extremely rewarding thus far, it is also the year several of my students, that have been with me since the lab opened, will depart for the next steps in their careers. I am proud but their departure is bittersweet, as I have witnessed firsthand what their time at Loyola has done to transform them personally and professionally. I am honored to be a part of that process and look forward to working with future cohorts of students.
Photo: First row, from left: Elaine Orendorff, Jessica H. Brann, Brittany Rivera. Second row, from left: Claire Franklin, Paulina Lis, Kushal Bakshi, Wasif Osmani.