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Daniel Brenner

As a Senior Research Associate on WestEd’s Learning and Technology team, Daniel Brenner focuses on evaluation, online education and assessment, and the application of new technologies to these areas.

He has been the lead for three IES Phase I SBIR grants (Analytic Measures, Alchemie, and Strange Loop Games) and served as project manager for Happy Atoms’s randomized controlled trial for Shell Games’s Phase II SBIR grant. He is experienced in developing and evaluating edtech K–12 curricular materials. In his research, he has used approaches ranging from large, nationwide randomized controlled trials to smaller usability and feasibility studies and focus groups. Brenner has led both formative and summative evaluations of educational technology and assessment for online high school biology instruction. He also has experience with assessment development and virtual learning environments. Brenner managed the technology aspects of the SimScientists projects, developing and testing simulation-based assessments and instruction for middle school and high school science.

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 experience in academic and industrial research in bioorganic chemistry and biopharmaceuticals. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Genetics at Stanford University where he developed a novel technique for analyzing mammalian cell genetic regulation. Brenner conducted research as one of the initial scientists at several biotech startup companies. At one, Brenner managed its lead protein therapeutic project in preclinical development. His biotech work led to numerous publications and patents.

He received an AB in chemistry and visual and environmental studies from Harvard College, and a PhD in chemistry from Harvard University.