Sara Brenner

Associate Professor of Nanobioscience


Dr. Brenner is a preventive medicine and public health physician at the SUNY Polytechnic Institute Colleges of Nanoscale Science & Engineering (CNSE). Her research aims to develop novel nanotechnology applications in the life sciences, including medicine and public health, as well as safeguard against unintended health effects of exposure to engineered nanomaterials. Dr. Brenner is leading health and safety research initiatives related to engineered nanomaterial exposures in the workplace, consumer marketplace, and environment. She spear-headed and oversaw the development and operation of the NanoHealth and Safety Center at CNSE, a public-private partnership to address gaps in our understanding of the safety and risk associated with the unique characteristics of nanoscale materials. Her research team incorporates theory from many disciplines such as physics, engineering, biology, genetics, medicine, public health, epidemiology, industrial hygiene, and environmental science to advance risk assessment and reduction strategies for occupational exposures, monitoring of materials that may impact population health and public safety, and the development of industrial practice standards for product safety. She is also the CNSE Program Director of the MD/PhD program in medicine and nanoscale science or engineering, a program that she helped co-found with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. It is the first dual-degree clinical training program in nanomedicine that aims to produce a new, hybrid generation of physician researchers. Dr. Brenner is both personally and professionally dedicated to health and wellness and practices what she preaches by participating in fitness events including road, trail, and snowshoe races ranging from 1 km sprints to 50 mile ultramarathons. She is the recipient of the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce Women of Excellence Award 2012 (Emerging Professional) and was honored this year in the Albany Business Review’s 40 Under 40.  Brenner Research Team website: