Catherine Branda

Senior Manager, Radiation Signatures and Detection S&T

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Senior Manager, Radiation Signatures and Detection S&T

(925) 294-6833

Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico
P.O. Box 5800
Albuquerque, NM 87185-9291


The Applied Bioscience & Engineering group at Sandia is comprised of three departments: Systems Biology, Biomass Science & Conversion, and Biotechnology & Engineering, located across two sites in Livermore and Emeryville, CA, with expertise in microbiology, virology, phycology, molecular biology, bioinformatics, engineering, and modeling. Her multidisciplinary team addresses a number of key problems impacting national security, including algal biomass fuel and chemical development, biodefense and emerging infectious disease, and real-time health and performance monitoring. Key sponsors include DoE Office of Science, DoE Office of Energy and Renewable Energy, DoD Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the National Institutes of Health, and the Sandia Lab Directed Research & Development Program.

Branda has been at Sandia over twelve years; in addition to her management roles, she has held a variety of positions including Technical Staff, Reducing Global Biological and Chemical Mission Area Goal Lead, and Chair of the Sandia Women’s Connection.


Bachelor’s Degree: Cognitive Science, Vassar College

Doctoral Degree: Genetics, Yale University School of Medicine

Postdoctoral and Clinical Fellowships: Cytogenetics, Harvard Medical School


Kristin Divis, Robert Abbott, Catherine Branda, Glory Avina, Jon Femling, Jose Huerta, Lucie Jelinkova, Jeremy Jennings, Emily Pearce, Daniel Ries, Danielle Sanchez, Austin Silva, (2020). Rim-to-Rim Werables at The Canyon for Health (R2R WATCH): Physiological Cognitive and Biological Markers of Performance Decline in an Extreme Environment Journal of Human Performance in Extreme Environments Publication ID: 70761

Raga Krishnakumar, Catherine Branda, Steven Branda, Kimberly Butler, Nikki Tjahjono, Yooli Light, (2019). Characterizing and Engineering Mesenchymal Stromal Cells for Anti-Microbial Therapy Publication ID: 66184

Catherine Branda, (2018). Physiological Genetic and Cognitive Data Collected with Wearable Technologies Enabling Real-Time Health Assessment Publication ID: 59121

Catherine Branda, (2018). Real-time human health and performance monitoring Publication ID: 59122

Glory Avina, Catherine Branda, (2017). Human Performance in the Extreme: Hiking the Grand Canyon Publication ID: 54134

Kristin Divis, Glory Avina, Kristin Divis, Robert Abbott, Clifford Anderson-Bergman, Catherine Branda, Kristin Divis, Lucie Jelinkova, Victoria Newton, Emily Pearce, Jon Femling, (2017). Rim-to-Rim Wearables At The Canyon for Health (R2R WATCH): Experimental Design and Methodology Publication ID: 57182

Glory Avina, Robert Abbott, Clifford Anderson-Bergman, Catherine Branda, Kristin Divis, Victoria Newton, Emily Pearce, Jon Femling, (2017). Rim-to-Rim wearables at the canyon for health (R2R WATCH): Experimental design and methodology Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) Publication ID: 54987

Victoria Newton, Glory Avina, Catherine Branda, (2016). Wearables At The Canyon for Health Publication ID: 51717

Glory Avina, Victoria Newton, Catherine Branda, (2016). Real-time Data Collection through Wearable Devices to Quantify Attributes Related to Health and Performance in Extreme Conditions Publication ID: 51502

Catherine Branda, Darryl Sasaki, (2016). Sandia’s NanoCRISPR platform Publication ID: 49935

Catherine Branda, Darryl Sasaki, (2016). Protocell Delivery platform Publication ID: 49936

Catherine Branda, (2015). Biosciences at Sandia Publication ID: 41438

Patricia Koning, Catherine Branda, (2014). What swimming taught me about doing good science Publication ID: 41092

Catherine Branda, (2013). Sandia honors young women for outstanding achievement in math and science Publication ID: 33797

Catherine Branda, Conrad James, Carol Kozina, Ronald Manginell, Milind Misra, Matthew Moorman, Oscar Negrete, James Ricken, Meiye Wu, (2011). Investigation of type-I interferon dysregulation by arenaviruses : a multidisciplinary approach Publication ID: 24545

Matthew Moorman, James Ricken, Ronald Renzi, Ronald Manginell, Catherine Branda, Milind Misra, Oscar Negrete, Bryan Carson, (2010). A microfluidic single-cell isolation device for ensemble measurements of viral hemorrhagic fever pathogenesis in macrophages Publication ID: 20413

Catherine Branda, Anup Singh, Kamlesh Patel, (2010). On-chip Flow Cytometry Coupled to Single-Cell Imaging for Studying Signal-Transduction Pathways Publication ID: 20430

Catherine Branda, Carol Kozina, Oscar Negrete, Jasper Hardesty, Mark Tucker, (2010). A C. elegans-Based Foam for Rapid On-Site Detection of Residual Live Virus Publication ID: 19698

Bryan Carson, Catherine Branda, Matthew Moorman, Ronald Renzi, Ronald Manginell, Anthony Martino, Anup Singh, (2009). Nuclear Translocation Kinetics of NF-kappaB in Macrophages Challenged with Pathogens in a Microfluidic Platform Publication ID: 17077

Hongyou Fan, James Forsythe, Catherine Branda, Christina Warrender, Richard Schiek, (2009). Neural assembly models derived through nano-scale measurements Publication ID: 16796

Thomas Perroud, Catherine Branda, Todd Lane, Anup Singh, (2008). ON- CHIP FLOW CY TOME TRY AND SINGLE- CELL IMAGING IN TANDEM Publication ID: 15116

Thomas Perroud, Julia Kaiser, Jay Sy, Todd Lane, Catherine Branda, Anup Singh, Kamlesh Patel, (2008). Microfluidic-based cell sorting of Francisella tularensis infected macrophages using optical forces Analytical Chemistry Publication ID: 13431

Anup Singh, Jens Poschet, Bryan Carson, Catherine Branda, Ronald Manginell, Ronald Renzi, Thomas Perroud, Kamlesh Patel, Matthew Moorman, Howland Jones, Nimisha Srivastava, Jaewook Joo, (2008). An Automated Microfluidic Platform for Systems-Level Elucidation of Host-Pathogen Interactions Publication ID: 14352

Steven Branda, Catherine Branda, Elizabeth Carles, Bryan Carson, David Haaland, Jaclyn Murton, Anup Singh, (2008). Copy of Transcription Factor Translocation in Response to Different Biothreat Agents LPS Chemotypes in Macrophages Publication ID: 13169

Julia Kaiser, Catherine Branda, Todd Lane, Anup Singh, Kamlesh Patel, (2008). Microfluidic Cell Sorting Using Photonic Forces for Host-Pathogen Studies Publication ID: 13085

Matthew Moorman, Catherine Branda, Bryan Carson, Roberto Rebeil, Anthony Martino, Anup Singh, (2008). Microfluidic Single-Cell Array for Imaging Host-Pathogen Interactions Lab on a Chip Publication ID: 12849

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