Dieter D. Brandner

UMN MSTP student Dieter Brandner


Entering Class: 2016

Whitman College
Biology major, Chemistry minor
B.A., 2013

Honors and Awards:

  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Predoctoral MD/PhD Fellows, National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2020-2024

Thesis Advisors: Patrick Rothwell, Ph.D. and Paul Mermelstein, Ph.D.


Publications (pubmed)

Gross KS, Brandner DD, Martinez LA, Olive MF, Meisel RL, Mermelstein PG. Opposite Effects of mGluR1a and mGluR5 Activation on Nucleus Accumbens Medium Spiny Neuron Dendritic Spine Density. PLoS One. 2016 Sep 12;11(9):e0162755. PMCID: PMC5019418.

Work prior to the UMN MSTP:

Bagi Z, Brandner DD, Le P, McNeal DW, Gong X, Dou H, Fulton DJ, Beller A, Ngyuen T, Larson EB, Montine TJ, Keene CD, Back SA. Vasodilator dysfunction and oligodendrocyte dysmaturation in aging white matter. Ann Neurol. 2018 Jan;83(1):142-152. PMCID: PMC5876126

McNeal DW, Brandner DD, Gong X, Postupna NO, Montine TJ, Keene CD, Back SA. Unbiased Stereological Analysis of Reactive Astrogliosis to Estimate Age-Associated Cerebral White Matter Injury. J Neuropathol Exp Neurol. 2016 Jun;75(6):539-54. PMCID: PMC6250206