Although he sees himself as a technology evangelist, Brant’s career spans academic research, the biotech industry, and several years as a paleontologist hunting dinosaurs in the Australian outback.
After 40 peer-review publications and two US Patents (for DNA silver staining and DNA fingerprinting) he left academia to introduce and evangelise real-time PCR technology in Australia and New Zealand for Applied Biosystems way back in 1997, a role he is reprising now with NanoString Technologies.
While working at Corbett Research he helped pioneer and introduce HRM (high resolution melt) technology (an acronym you can blame on him!).
Over the years Brant has had many roles including Senior Research Officer, Product Manager, Global Marketing Manager, and even Chief of Operations at Australian Age of Dinosaurs.
Brant graduated with a PhD and First Class Honors from the Australian National University (Canberra) in 1988.
His first PostDoc was at the Racheff Chair of Excellence in Plant Molecular Genetics in Knoxville Tennessee USA from 1988–1993
He then moved back to Australia as Senior Research Officer at the CRC for Tropical Plant Pathology, University of Queensland, from 1993-1995