Brooke Russell received her B.S. in Microbiology from Louisiana State University in 2003. She received her Ph.D. from Texas A&M Health Science Center in 2008 with an emphasis on host-pathogen interactions under the mentorship of Dr. Yi Xu. In 2009, she initiated efforts with Dr. Magnus Hook to commercialize bacterial collagens as a postdoctoral fellow and entrepreneur with ECM Technologies, LLC. In 2012 and currently her efforts expanded to harness bacterial-derived materials for novel medical device development. Russell has three postdoctoral research fellows in her lab working on collagen studies.