Perry Research Group
Brandon Johnston

Brandon Johnston (he/him)


Research Assistant

Biographical Statement

Brandon Johnston graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering. He worked on a joint project in collaboration with Prof. Todd Emrick's Lab on the effects of polymer architecture and the incorporation of zwitterionic groups in polypeptide-based complex coacervates. In his downtime, he enjoys dirt bike racing, snowboarding, rock climbing, and just about anything to do with the outdoors. He can also often be found in the gym or spending time with his friends.

Brandon pursued a PhD in Chemical Engineering through the Program in Polymers and Soft Matter at MIT in the group of Prof. Paula Hammond. He successfully defended his dissertation in April 2023 and is the first Perry Lab undergraduate to earn a PhD!

Brandon is now a Bioconjugation Chemistry and Formulation Scientist at Generation Bio.


  1. M. Skinner, B.M. Johnston, Y. Liu, R. Selhorst, I. Xenidou, S.L. Perry, T. Emrick, "Synthesis of Zwitterionic Pluronic Mimics," Biomacromolecules, (2018), 19(8), 3377-3389. [PDF]
  2. B.M. Johnston, C. W. Johnston, R. A. Letteri, T.K. Lytle, C.E. Sing, T. Emrick, S.L. Perry, "The Effect of Comb Architecture on Complex Coacervation," Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, (2017), 15, 7630-7642. [PDF]
  3. Highlighted in the Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry Blog

Honors and Awards

2017-2018 UMass Amherst Rising Resesarcher
2017 Commonwealth Honors College Honors Research Grant
Spring 2017 Commonwealth Honors College Research Assistant Fellowship
Fall 2016 Commonwealth Honors College Research Assistant Fellowship
Spring 2016 Commonwealth Honors College Research Assistant Fellowship