Phillip Brassington

Phillip Brassington

PhD student

Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology – Hans Knöll Institute (HKI)

The migratory Phillip Brassington is a newly-acquired doctoral researcher who will focus on investigating how environmental fungi acquire the ability to cause human infection using comparative and functional genomic approaches.

Native to New Zealand, he completed his biological bachelor’s in California, and his biomedical master’s in northern Germany. Between degrees, he spent two years at Hammersmith Medicines Research in London as a clinical studies and laboratory technician. When not at work, he is usually found reading, hiking in the hills, dabbling in storytelling, hobby coding, or occasionally enjoying a night in with friends.


  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Clinical research and drug testing
  • Exploration


  • MS in Medical Life Science, 2020

    University of Kiel

  • BS in Biology, 2014

    Humboldt State University