Greg Branigan

College of Medicine – Tucson
Year Entered Program: 
Degrees Received: 

B.S. in Biochemistry from Villanova University; May, 2017

Thesis Research: 


About Me: 

My family is from Philadelphia but before I was born my parents moved to Maryland. I joke that I was born in Maryland and raised in Philadelphia as my parents and I traveled back and forth most weekends visiting family. Growing up, holidays and family get-togethers were always very loud and filled with delicious food and great stories. I went to undergrad at Villanova University outside of Philadelphia. It was at Villanova that I was first exposed to research and developed a passion for science. At Villanova I experience an amazing community of people who were supportive and challenging and pushed me to grow. I was fortunate enough to be awarded a research fellowship at the Scripps Research Institute after my sophomore year and worked on an extremely translational project in neuroscience. From that point on was hooked on the idea of pursuing an MD, PhD which is what brought be to the University of Arizona. My spare time is filled by music and cooking. I play five instruments and enjoy everything from Mozart to the Beatles. I enjoy cooking Italian food mostly but have started to take up the adventure of learning to cook Indian food as well.

Honors & Awards: 
  • Graduated magna cum laude

  • Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi inductee

  • Who's Who Among American College and Universities

  • Dennis M Cook Endowed Gregor Mendel Chair in Genetics Research Fellow

  • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship at The Scripps Research Institute  

Selected Publications: 
  1. Murphy, T., Melville, H., Fradkin, E., Bistany, G., Branigan, G., Olsen, K., Comstock, C.R., Hanby, H., Garbade, E., and DiBenedetto, A.J. (2017). Knockdown of epigenetic transcriptional co-regulator Brd2a disrupts apoptosis and proper formation of hindbrain and midbrain-hindbrain boundary (MHB) region in zebrafish. Mechanisms of Development.


Branigan, G., DiBenedetto, AJ. Epigenetic Transcriptional Co-Regulator Brb2b is Necessary for Proper Excretory, Circulatory, And Central Nervous System Development in Zebrafish and May Act Antagonistically with Paralog Brd2a. Society for Developmental Biology; Boston August, 2016.

Branigan, G., Lummis, N., Chun, J., Developing a Post-Hemorrhagic Model for Fetal Hydrocephalus: LPA Signaling Leads to Mechanism for Causation and Maintenance of Disease. The Scripps Research Institute- Summer Symposium; August 2015.