Brendan Watson, MD, PhD

Brendan Watson, MD, PhD

Instructor of Emergency Medicine


  • M.D.   – Baylor College of Medicine, 12/15, Houston, TX
  • Ph.D. – Bioengineering, Rice Univ., 12/14, Houston, TX
  • B.S.  –  Physics, Louisiana State Univ., 05/07, Baton Rouge, LA
  • B.S. – Chemistry, Louisiana State Univ., 05/07, Baton Rouge, LA


  • Emergency Medicine Residency, Barnes Jewish Hospital/Washington University in St. Louis, 2016-20, St. Louis, MO
  •  Society of Academic Emergency Medicine Research Methodology Evaluation and Design Course 2019-20
  • Research Fellowship, Washington University in St. Louis, 2020-22, St. Louis, MO


  • 2023 Washington Universtiy Just in time grant. Plasmon-enhanced Lateral Flow Assay for the Detection of Traumatic Brain Injury
  • 10/17-10/18   Missouri College of Emergency Physicians Research Grant. The Incidence of Delayed Intracranial Hemorrhage in Patients with Suspected Traumatic Brain Injury on Direct Oral Anticoagulants
  • 07/10-06/12 Keck Center Nanobiology Training Program of the Gulf Coast Consortia Fellow (NIH Grant No. T32 EB009379)

Honors & Awards

  • American Chemical Society Polymer Science Podcast Guest Interviewee June 2014
  • Baylor College of Medicine Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)
  • Caskey Scholar Summa Sum Laude B.S. in Physics
  • Summa Cum Laude B.S. in Chemistry
  • Keen-Morris Award for LSU Outstanding Senior in Physics
  • R. Greg Hussey Scholarship for Excellence in Physics LSU Sophomore Honors Distinction


Watson, B.M., (2019) History of IV Fluid Resuscitation. Washington University in St. Louis Emergency Medicine Conference. (Educational Lecture)

Watson, B. M., Dornfeld, J., Lewis, L. (2019). Traumatic Intracranial Hemorrhage in Older Patients on Direct Oral Anticoagulants. 2019 Annual ACEP Research Forum.(Oral Pres.)

Watson, B. M. (2019). Medical Complications and Management of Methamphetamine Use.

Washington University in St. Louis Emergency Medicine Conference. (Educational Lecture)

Watson, B. M., Kasper, F. K., Engel, P. S., & Mikos, A. G. (2013). Synthesis and Characterization of Novel, In Situ Cross-Linkable, Biodegradable, Thermoresponsive Hydrogels for Bone Tissue Engineering. American Institute of Chemical Engineers 2013 Annual Meeting.(Oral Pres.)


  1. Gupta, P.; Chandak, R.; Debnath, A.; Traner, M.; Watson B.M.; Huang H.; Gholami Derami, H.; Baldi, H.; Chakrabartty, S.; Raman, B.; Singamaneni, S., Augmenting Insect Olfaction Performance through Nano-Neuromodulation. (Manuscript submitted on 03/23/2023, currently under consideration at Nature Nanotechnology)
  2. Redfors, B., Watson, B. M., McAndrew, T., Palisaitis, E., Francese, D. P., Razavi, M., … & Généreux, P. (2017). Mortality, Length of Stay, and Cost Implications of Procedural Bleeding After Percutaneous Interventions Using Large-Bore Catheters. JAMA cardiology.
  3. Watson, B. M., Vo, T. N., Engel, P. S., & Mikos, A. G. (2015). Biodegradable, In Situ-Forming Cell- Laden Hydrogel Composites of Hydroxyapatite Nanoparticles for Bone Regeneration. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research.
  4. Sathy, B. N., Watson, B. M., Kinard, L. A., Spicer, P. P., Dahlin, R. L., Mikos, A. G., & Nair, S. (2015). Bone tissue engineering with multi-layered scaffolds-Part II: Combining vascularization with bone formation in critical sized bone defect. Tissue Engineering, (ja).
  5. Watson, B. M., Vo, T. N., Tatara, A.M., Shah, S. R., Scott, D.W., Engel, P. S., & Mikos, A. G. (2015). Biodegradable, Phosphate-Containing, Dual-Gelling Macromers for Cellular Delivery in Bone Tissue Engineering. Biomaterials, 67, 286-296.
  6. Vo, T. N., Ekenseair, A. K., Spicer, P. P., Watson, B. M., Tzouanas, S. N., Roh, T. T., & Mikos, A. G. (2015). In vitro and in vivo evaluation of self-mineralization and biocompatibility of injectable, dual-gelling hydrogels for bone tissue engineering. Journal of Controlled Release, 205, 25-34.
  7. Watson, B. M., Kasper, F. K., Engel, P. S., & Mikos, A. G. (2014). Synthesis and Characterization of Injectable, Biodegradable, Phosphate-Containing, Chemically Cross-Linkable, Thermoresponsive Macromers for Bone Tissue Engineering. Biomacromolecules, 15(5), 1788- 1796.
  8. Watson, B. M., Kasper, F. K., & Mikos, A. G. (2014). Phosphorous-containing polymers for regenerative medicine. Biomedical Materials, 9(2), 025014.
  9. Needham, C. J., Shah, S. R., Dahlin, R. L., Kinard, L. A., Lam, J., Watson, B. M., … & Mikos, A. G. (2014). Osteochondral Tissue Regeneration Through Polymeric Delivery of DNA Encoding for the SOX Trio and RUNX2. Acta biomaterialia, 10(10), 4103-4112.
  10. Spicer, P. P., Shah, S. R., Henslee, A. M., Watson, B. M., Kinard, L. A., Kretlow, J. D., … & Kasper, F. K. (2013). Evaluation of antibiotic releasing porous polymethylmethacrylate space maintainers in an infected composite tissue defect model. Acta biomaterialia, 9(11), 8832- 8839.
  11. Watson, B. M., Fong, E. L., Kasper, F. K., & Mikos, A. G. (2012). Building bridges: leveraging interdisciplinary collaborations in the development of biomaterials to meet clinical needs. Advanced Materials, 24(36), 4995-5013. *authors contributed equally to this work
  12. Klouda, L., Perkins, K. R., Watson, B. M., Hacker, M. C., Bryant, S. J., Raphael, R. M., … & Mikos, A. G. (2011). Thermoresponsive, in situ cross-linkable hydrogels based on N- isopropylacrylamide: Fabrication, characterization and mesenchymal stem cell encapsulation. Acta biomaterialia, 7(4), 1460-1467.