Branden Brough is the Molecular Foundry's Deputy Director. In this role, Dr. Brough is responsible for the development and implementation of strategies and policies that ensure the efficient and effective support of the Molecular Foundry’s mission. He also works closely with the Director, as well as other members of the Foundry leadership team, to guide the organization's scientific plans and initiatives. He serves as a steward of the Foundry’s internal and user research portfolio and when necessary, stands in for the Director to represent the organization as a resource and advocate.
Dr. Brough first joined the Molecular Foundry in 2013. During his time directing the Foundry's communications and strategic planning portfolios, he led efforts to rebrand the Foundry, redesign the website, create the strategic plan, develop annual staff scientific and safety retreats, and initiate Congressional outreach events. His work led to the creation of the Molecular Foundry Special Issue of Advanced Materials and 10th Anniversary Scientific Symposium and Dinner. Dr. Brough was also principally involved in the Foundry's merge with NCEM in 2014 and the creation of the Foundry division at Berkeley Lab in 2016.
Before joining the Foundry, Dr. Brough worked at the National Institutes of Health where he led strategic policy and planning activities, as well as Congressional and public outreach efforts, within the science policy office of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Brough received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering – focusing on the integration of synthetic motor molecules and natural self-assembling proteins into micro/nanotechnologies – from UCLA before becoming a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow in 2007.