What is your role at Primordial Genetics, and how long have you been on the team?
I have recently joined the team at Primordial as staff scientist, but I have ties to our founder that go way back. I think we both knew that we would someday work together again.
What is your favorite aspect about your research?
I am currently working on an improved plastic degrading enzyme development project. This project has the potential to impact the entire world, it is easy to see the negative effects of plastic consumption over the years, plastic is literally everywhere, it’s hard to turnaround and not bump into some type of plastic either in your home, car or the food you consume. The years and years of plastic consumption are taking a toll on the planet. I am very excited to be working on a potential sustainable solution to the plastic waste problem that is plaguing our planet.
What is one piece of advice for others in biotech careers/industry?
Hard work pays off in the long run. Advancing your career in the biotech industry can seem daunting at times, but focusing on your research, completing tasks per the given timeline and willingness to stand up for the data you produce will be recognized by your peers and supervisors. It is also crucial that one is humble enough to admit when things don’t go as planned, we all make mistakes, it’s better to learn from mistakes, ask for help and move forward rather than go it alone and try to undo something that went wrong.
When you aren’t in the lab, what do you like to do?
When I am not in the lab I need to get outside to explore all the world has to offer. Snowboarding, camping, fishing, ice hockey and motorcycles are a short list of the things I like to do. Life is too short to not have fun!!!
What is one place in the world you would like to visit and why?
Maybe it’s the scientist in me or possibly the adventurist, but I have always wanted to spend time at the North or South Pole, surviving the harsh environment and learning how we are impacting these crucial areas of the globe has been fascination of mine.
Read Brian’s bio HERE.