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Joseph S. Brunzelle, Ph.D., graduated from Illinois Benedictine College in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. In 1999, he went on to earn his Doctor of Philosophy with distinction from Loyola University Chicago in the department of Chemistry under the leadership of Kenneth W. Olsen, Ph.D. While earning his Ph.D., Brunzelle was awarded a GAANN Fellowship (1995-1997); a Teaching Scholars Fellowship (1997-1998) for a newly designed Biochemistry Laboratory course; and the Henry J. Dumbach, S.J. Award for Excellence in Chemistry (1998). In 1998, Brunzelle was also awarded the Arthur J. Schmitt Dissertation Fellowship in Leadership and Service. After graduating from Loyola University Chicago, he joined the laboratory of Wayne F. Anderson, Ph.D. at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine as a post-doctorate fellow. In 2000, he was awarded an American Cancer Society Fellowship for the structural studies of DNA Polymerase III.
Brunzelle is currently a research assistant professor at Northwestern University, where he works at the Advance Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratories. He is involved with the three-dimension determination of macromolecular structures and methods development. He has authored over 90 peer-reviewed articles that have been published in journals such as Nature and Science as well as over 20 invited talks and published abstracts at international science meeting proceedings. In 2004, Brunzelle founded Nastrx, Inc., a contract research organization that provides macromolecular X-ray crystallography services to drug discovery and development companies.
Brunzelle and his wife, MaryAnhthu Do, D.O., also an Illinois Benedictine alumna, live in Oak Brook with their three daughters.