Daniel Brenner

Senior Research Associate

Daniel Brenner is a Senior Research Associate in WestEd's Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) program. Brenner manages the technology aspects of the SimScientists projects, developing and testing simulation-based assessments and instruction for middle school science. Brenner's research interests focus on online education and assessment, and on the application of new technologies to these areas. Prior to joining WestEd, Brenner designed websites and worked as an instructional designer heading the production of over 500 in-depth online media rich courses for the Academy of Art University. Brenner has extensive research and project management experience in academic and industrial research in bioorganic chemistry and biopharmaceuticals. As a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Genetics at Stanford University, Brenner developed a novel technique for analyzing mammalian cell genetic regulation. Following his work at Stanford, he conducted research as one of the initial scientists at several biotech startup companies. At one of these, Brenner managed its lead protein therapeutic project in preclinical development. His work at both companies led to numerous publications and patents. He received an AB in chemistry and visual & environmental studies from Harvard College, and a PhD in chemistry from Harvard University.