Mr. Brannan graduated from Sam Houston State University with a bachelor's degree in biomedical sciences. While a student, he conducted research on molecular cell signaling. Having presented at numerous conferences and garnering multiple research grants, he found a passion in research. After graduation, he completed an internship at Baylor College of Medicine’s Center for Genome Architecture, where he assisted in genome assembly. He acquired knowledge on the growing field of genomics and discovered the ethical and social implications of genomic research. Mr. Brannan then enrolled in the Bioscience and Health Policy graduate program at Rice University, where he pairs his research experience with principles acquired by the program to focus on bioethics and health policy. He accepted an internship at Baylor College of Medicine’s Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, to follow his goal of conducting multidisciplinary research and influencing policy on today’s most urgent issues in healthcare and biomedical research. At the end of his internship, Cody was offered a full-time job with Baylor.