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Nick Brennan

Nick Brennan

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Department: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Advisor: Xin Jie Chen, PhD

Student Profile:

In 2015, I graduated from SUNY Oneonta with a degree in Chemistry. After graduation, I conducted full-time biomedical research at the National Institute on Aging, NIH for two years. My research investigated the clinical manifestations of mitochondrial dysfunction in the aging population. More specifically, I studied the effects of perturbed mitochondrial bioenergetics on aging skeletal muscle. I joined the SUNY Upstate MD/PhD program in 2018. Under the supervision of Dr. Xin Jie Chen, I am completing my dissertation in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Using a mouse model with severe muscle wasting, my thesis work focuses on the investigation of a novel, bioenergetic-independent mechanism of mitochondria-induced muscle atrophy during aging.




Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) Medical Student Summer Fellowship Program, NIH Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Trainee Award, NIH Ruth Kirschstein Pre-Doctoral Fellowship (F30)


American Physician Scientist Association (APSA), American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)