Dr. Brandan performed his undergraduate degree in Biology at Universidad de Chile, Facultad de Ciencias in 1978. Dr. Brandan performed his Ph.D. in Cell Biology at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and graduated in 1985. Between 1986 and 1987, he carried out postdoctoral training at Saint Louis University and the University of Massachusetts, un the USA.
In 1988, Dr Brandan was appointed Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Biological Sciences, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Associate Professor in 1988, and Full Professor in 1999. He joined Fundación Ciencia & Vida in 2019.
Dr. Brandan has received several honors, including being a member of the Chilean Academy of Sciences (2007) and Latin American Academy of Sciences (2017), Howard Hughes Medical Institute (USA) International Research Scholar for two consecutive periods (1997-2006), National Presidential Chair in Sciences (1998-2001). He has received several research awards from the Muscular Dystrophy Association (USA), the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (USA), National Science Foundation (USA), Fogarty International (USA), Third World Academy of Sciences (Italy), Volkswagen-Stiftung (Germany), International Foundation for Sciences (Sweden), and from the different Programs of the Chilean National Agency for Research and Technology (CONICYT, FONDECYT, FONDEF, Millenium Institute, and ANID). Dr. Brandan has been the President of the Chilean Society for Cell Biology. 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 the “Recognition Award for Teaching Excellence” from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (2011). He has mentored twenty-two Ph.D. students, three Master in Science students, and sixteen undergraduate students.