Brian Ferrer

"Of course you want the reaction to work the way you're expecting, but sometimes an unexpected reaction could be just as valuable. A lot of great discoveries in history happened by accident, so it's not necessarily a bad thing when you do an experiment that produces unexpected results. "

Student researcher looking through a microscope in a lab.

Hometown: Pulaski, WI

Major(s): Chemistry, Biochemistry

Current Research Group: Gellman


What are your plans after graduation?

[I am] currently in the middle of applying to graduate programs and will hopefully be pursuing a PhD in either Chemistry or Chemical Biology next fall!

Why did you get involved in research?

I was in my introductory organic chemistry class and wanted to know more about what goes on behind the scenes. I also wanted to try and figure out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life and thought that research might be an interesting avenue to explore.

What advice do you have for prospective undergraduate researchers?

I would definitely advise prospective undergraduate researchers to get started early! I would also challenge them to not be afraid to propose ideas to their future mentors or PI’s. It might actually become a real project!