Deputy Director (acting)
Director of Strategy and External Relations
Branden Brough is the Molecular Foundry's Acting Deputy Director. In this role, Dr. Brough is responsible for the development and implementation of strategies, goals and objectives that ensure the efficient and effective support of the Molecular Foundry’s mission, and assists the Director in all aspects of the management of Foundry scientific operations.
Dr. Brough also holds the position of Director of Strategy and External Relations. He is responsible for the organization's strategic planning and management. He also facilitates internal and external communications to promote the Foundry's mission and showcase its accomplishments to the DOE, the nanoscience research community and the public.
Before joining the Foundry in 2013, 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.