He was educated at Forest School London and Emmanuel College, Cambridge England. He received his medical degree and subsequent Ph.D. from Cambridge University, England. In the 1980s, he left the UK to work in St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis.
There, he conducted one of the first human gene therapy studies when he transduced bone marrow stem cells with a retroviral vector with the intention of marking them to study their survival and fate. This seminal study demonstrated that engrafted bone marrow stem cells contribute to long-term hematopoiesis and also that contaminating tumor cells in autografts can cause relapse.
He was President of the International Society for Cellular Therapy and President of the American Society of Gene Therapy in 2002–2003. He was appointed Editor in Chief of the journal Molecular Therapy in 2009.
He is currently Director of the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas and serves as a faculty member for the Texas Children's Cancer Center at Texas Children's Hospital.
- Center for Cell and Gene Therapy
- Texas Children's Cancer Center
- International Society for Cellular Therapy
- American Society of Gene & Cellular Therapy
- Molecular Therapy
- Texas Children's Cancer Center Texas Children's Cancer Center Faculty Page Retrieved 11/03/2009
- "Brenner's origins in the UK". Retrieved 2007-05-30.[dead link]
- "Giant Step for Gene Therapy". Time Magazine (Initial work on gene marking). 1990-09-24. Retrieved 2007-05-30.
- "Center for Cell and Gene Therapy". Retrieved 2007-05-30.
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