Brendan graduated from the University of Melbourne as Valedictorian of the MBBS/BMedSc Class of 2010. He is a Royal Australasian College of Surgeons advanced trainee in Paediatric Surgery with a focus on major congenital abnormalities. Many of these anomalies lead to life-shortening organ failure. Brendan will undertake Doctoral studies in intestinal organ engineering at University College London, Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health. The aim of his research is to develop techniques to produce organs on demand from the patient's own stem cells, providing the child with a durable and functionally-matched replacement organ. Brendan plans to return to Australia with the skills to translate these cutting-edge therapies from the laboratory bench to the treatment of Australian children.