Brendan is currently the Deputy Executive Dean and Associate Dean (Community & Engagement) in the Faculty of Science at The University of Western Australia (UWA). He is also a Professor in the School of Human Sciences.
Brendan received his undergraduate (1980) and PhD (1986) degrees from UWA and completed postdoctoral training at the Eastern Virginia Medical School (Norfolk, Virginia; 1985-1989) where he studied placental regulation of fetal adrenal development in primates. His long-term research interests include the impact of stress hormones (glucocorticoids) on placental function, fetal development and the developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD).
A major recent focus of his work has been on the circadian biology of pregnancy and how this influences maternal adaptations and fetal growth and development. Brendan has served as Chair of the WIRF Scientific Grants Committee since 2011 (and as member since 2005).