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Bryant Colin

Graduate Student

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About Bryant

Bryant was born and raised in Oklahoma City. After 18 years in the Sooner State, he headed south to Houston, Texas where he studied bioengineering at Rice University. His interest in research was sparked by his molecular biology work on HIV and autoimmunity as an undergraduate researcher in the O’Malley lab at Baylor College of Medicine. Following his work with the O’Malley group, Bryant shifted his focus toward cancer research and interned for a summer at Seagen in the Potency Assays group.

Upon graduating from Rice, Bryant relocated to Seattle and returned to the Potency Assays group at Seagen to work full-time as a Research Associate. At Seagen, he developed cell-based potency assays to characterize antibody drug conjugates for targeted cancer treatments. After 2 years at Seagen, he moved to Chicago to pursue a PhD in molecular engineering at the University of Chicago and joined the Esser-Kahn lab.

Outside of the lab, you can usually find Bryant in the gym lifting weights or outside being active. Living in the pacific northwest, he developed a love for hiking and snowboarding, but given Chicago’s flat geography he sticks to playing soccer or going for runs by Lake Michigan. Outside of fitness, he enjoys reading, exploring the Chicago food scene, and having a craft beer or nice cocktail.


B.S., Bioengineering, Rice University (2020)

Favorite Quote

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”

-Marcus Aurelius

Scientific Hero

Andrew Huberman

Favorite Paper

Primer-directed enzymatic amplification of DNA with a thermostable DNA polymerase  Science. 1988 Jan 29;239(4839):487-91. doi: 10.1126/science.2448875. PMID: 2448875.

If you could be a piece of lab equipment, what would you be?

Flow cytometer - I like to go with the flow.

Bryant's Research

Bryant is working on identifying small molecule immunomodulators that can be used in adjuvant systems to direct T cell fates and enhance vaccine responses.

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