Dr. Brandt has been around a while. He has a B.A. in Chemistry from Reed College. After graduating from college, he spent a few years in Ghana with the Peace Corps. He then went to Caltech, where he spent many hours poking the eggs of carnivorous frogs with needles, living to tell the tale and receiving a PhD. He did post-doctoral work in X-ray crystallography at Brandeis University and was a fellow of the Malaria Research Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.