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 harness normal developmental processes to produce cell and engineered organ therapies derived from the patient's own stem cells. These therapies seek to avoid the complications and side effects of conventional transplantation, providing the child with a functionally-matched replacement organ to last a lifetime.