Iowa State University
Brett was born in Ontario, Canada and received his B.Sc. in chemistry from McMaster University in 2006. During his time at McMaster, he performed undergraduate research with Professor Mónica Barra at the University of Waterloo and with Professor Alex Adronov at McMaster University. He began his graduate studies with Professor Timothy M. Swager at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006 as an NSERC graduate fellow. At MIT he developed new syntheses of conjugated polymers for applications in biosensing and conductive materials.
After receiving his Ph.D. in 2011, he moved to the University of Wisconsin–Madison as a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Postdoctoral Fellow working with Professor Ronald T. Raines. At UW–Madison he studied secondary molecular orbital interactions that contribute to the stability of proteins, as well as boronic acids and thiol reducing agents for protein chemistry applications. Brett joined the faculty at Iowa State University in August 2014 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2020.