Brandon Buck

In 2020, Brandon received his M.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. Here he discovered his passion for chromatin dynamics in the lab of Dr. Jonathan Dennis. During this time, he developed his research experience with both wet bench approaches and bioinformatics. Throughout his masters work he investigated the chromatin architectural impact of nucleosomal repositioning and accessibility on a temporal scale during cell differentiation, the innate immune response, and in a neurological model. His thesis research focused on human genome wide nucleosomal repositioning and sensitivity changes on a temporal scale occurring in a host during Zika Virus infection. He also developed a novel method for detecting chromatin architectural changes during various cell states on a temporal scale with droplet digital PCR. Now in the Molecular Biology Ph.D. program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, he is looking forward to applying his previous chromatin dynamics experience to characterizing and differentiating cancers with nucleosomal and subnucleosomal cell-free DNA.