As an undergraduate physicist at Rutgers in New Brunswick, NJ she conducted research in multiple fields including nuclear physics and physical chemistry.
Last year she received her Ph.D. in Biophysics from Harvard University in Cambridge, MA under the mentorship of Markus. For her thesis she characterized and modeled the visual message that four of the output cells of the retina send to the brain. Concurrently, she received a minor in Science, Technology, and Society through the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. In her spare time, Brenna enjoys engaging in science outreach and communication through various means from tutoring to event planning. Brenna is currently a post-doctoral fellow in the Meister lab. At the end of the summer she will be starting as a AAAS science and technology policy fellow in Washington, DC.