ChemSem blog 6
Ben Brandsen was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He received his biochemistry BS degree from Calvin College. He is now a graduate student at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in the Department of Chemistry. He worked with several professors, focusing on topics such as, the conformational effects of intermolecular hydrogen bonding, the identification and development of DNA catalysts to cleave peptide bonds and his most recent study using DNA as a catalyst for chemical reactions.