Brandon Findlay

Assistant Professor

Photo by Lisa Graves, Concordia University
Photo by Lisa Graves, Concordia University

Academic History

University of Alberta (PDF, 2015)
Alberta Innovates Health Solutions Postdoctoral Fellowship
University of Manitoba (PhD, 2013)
Manitoba Health Research Council Graduate Studentship
Simon Fraser University (BSc Hon, 2008)


I started my research career at Simon Fraser University, attempting to crystallize the bacterial transmembrane protein YidC with Dr. Mark Paetzel, while also working with Dr. Pete Wilson on the total synthesis of marine natural products. Moving to the University of Manitoba, I studied the design and synthesis of novel cationic antimicrobial peptides and aminoglycosides with Dr. Frank Schweizer. After finishing my PhD I worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. John Vederas on the characterization of tridecaptin A1, a bacterial lipopeptide with interesting antibiotic activity against Gram negative bacteria.

Now an Assistant Professor at Concordia University, I’m fascinated by how tight-knit bacterial communities thrive in almost any environment on earth, from volcanic vents to the core of glaciers. A chemical biologist at heart, I strive to understand how these communities use natural products to alter the behaviour of other microbes and how they in turn adapt to their surroundings.

Interested in biochemistry? Send a copy of your CV, transcript and statement of research interests to, visit the department’s webpage, or apply directly to Concordia University.