Brandon McClellan

Immunology Program Graduate Student Candidate


Brandon graduated from Saint Mary’s University (StMU), in San Antonio, Texas, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry. While receiving his undergraduate degree. he conducted research at StMU, UT Health San Antonio and the University of Iowa. This research concerned the identification of protein function, a mechanistic link between aging and autoimmunity, and the lack of long-lived protective immunity against plasmodium infection, respectively.

Research Interests

My laboratory, led by Drs. Maria Castro and Pedro Lowenstein, concerns itself with multiple aspects of glioma research. Within that lab, I am most focused on the tumor immune microenvironment and how this environment differs among tumors with varying genetic abberations.


Immune Response to Malaria: Temporal Role of Host Signaling Protein IL-10 During Plasmodium Infection. Poster. Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS 2018)

Conference. Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS 2018)

Identifying the Activity of Unknown Protein 3DS8. Poster. St. Mary’s University Spring Symposium (2018)

Age Associated Changes in T cell Tolerance. Poster. UT Health and Science Center Symposium (2017).

St. Mary’s University Summer Symposium (2017)


Rackham Merit Fellowship, University of Michigan (2019)

Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) Travel Award (2018)


In Vivo Mousework, Cell Culturing, Flow Cytometry, Mouse dissection for organs and tumor

Hobbies and Extracurricular Activities

Outside of lab, he enjoys lifting weights and reading crime and fantasy novels.