Bryan Gitschlag

Screen Shot 2018-05-17 at 6.05.52 PMBryan comes from the Pacific Northwest and received his B.S. in biochemistry from George Fox University near Portland, Oregon. He spent two years as an undergraduate member of the Barnes Lab at Oregon Health & Science University, investigating protein-protein interactions involved in brain development. He has a passion for public science education and spent his final semester of undergraduate studies teaching a middle school science class on the subject of metabolism and nutrition.

Bryan’s graduate studies in the Patel Lab are focused on integrating his various interests ranging from diet and metabolism to evolutionary biology. In particular, he is currently investigating the influence of metabolic pathways on the proliferation and propagation of mutant mitochondrial DNA.

When not in the laboratory, Bryan is an avid traveler and has already visited 19 countries and almost all 50 states. He also enjoys outdoor activities including hiking and wildlife photography.

 

Bryan’s graduate studies in the Patel Lab are focused on two key areas that integrate his interests in metabolism and evolution: exploring the regulatory mechanisms underlying mitochondrial genome dynamics, and investigating the molecular basis for phenotypes associated with polymorphisms in human metabolic genes inherited from archaic hominins.

When not in the laboratory, Bryan is an avid traveler and has already visited 19 countries and almost all 50 states. He also enjoys outdoor activities including hiking and wildlife photography.