Dr. Brandan performed his primary and high school studies at Colegio Hispano Americano, in Santiago. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Biology at Universidad de Chile, Facultad de Ciencias in 1978. Dr. Brandan attained his Ph.D. in Cell Biology at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and graduated in 1985. Between 1986 and 1987, he carried out postdoctoral trainings at Saint Louis University and the University of Massachusetts USA.
In 1988, Dr Brandan was appointed Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Biological Sciences, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, then Associate Professor in 1988, and Full Professor in 1999. He joined Fundación Ciencia & Vida in 2019.
Dr. Brandan has received a number of honors, including his nomination to the Chilean Academy of Sciences (2007) and the Latin American Academy of Sciences (2017). He obtained a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (USA), International Research Scholar for two consecutive periods (1997-2006) and a National Presidential Chair in Sciences (1998-2001). He has received several research awards from The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (USA), the Muscular Dystrophy Association (USA), National Science Foundation (USA), Fogarty International (USA), Third World Academy of Sciences (Italy), Volkswagen-Stiftung (Germany), International Foundation for Sciences (Sweden), and from different Programs of the Chilean National Agency for Research and Technology (CONICYT). Dr. Brandan has been the President of the Chilean Society for Cell Biology and member of the Promotion and Tenure Committee (eight years) at the Faculty of Biologycal Sciences, Catholic University; and member of the same committee at the Faculties of Physics, Engineering, and Medicine. He also was elected as Chair of the Cellular and Molecular Biology Department and Head of the Graduate Program in Cell and Molecular Biology.
Dr Brandan has been honored as the “Best Teacher” by the alumni association (1997, 2007) and “Recognition Award for Teaching Excellence” from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (2011). He has mentored twenty-three Ph.D. students, three Master in Science students, and twenty-one undergraduate students.