Brendan Mattingly, Ph.D.

Brendan Mattingly
  • Director, Applied Biological Sciences Program and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Sciences


Brendan C. Mattingly has been a faculty member with KU for over 10 years.  His research and teaching interests focus on molecular, cellular, micro, and developmental biology and the underlying genetics that control life on our planet.

Brendan’s current positions include the program director for the Bachelor of Science in Applied Biological Sciences and program director for the post-Baccalaureate certificate in Health Sciences both within the School of Professional Studies. His primary responsibilities center around teaching and supporting undergraduate students, particularly transfer and non-traditional students, as well as mentoring and sponsoring undergraduate research. He earned his undergraduate degree (B.S. Biology) from the University of Kansas, worked on plant genetics at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, and earned his graduate degree (Ph.D. Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology) from the University of Kansas.

Brendan is an active participant in several teaching focused venues, including KU’s Center for Teaching Excellence, KU’s annual teaching summit, Midwest and Great Plains Regional PULSE network, HHMI and Yale’s Summer Institutes on Scientific Teaching, AAC&U, and the Big 12 Teaching and Learning conferences. He has been a member of the Genetics Society of America (GSA), American Society for Microbiology (ASM), and the American Association of the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

He has been a recipient of the Bob and Kathie Taylor Teaching Excellence award. Additionally, Brendan is a co-PI on a 2022 Genentech Innovation Fund grant, and an awardee of a 2022 JoCo ARP fund.