Brett was born in Polson, Montana and carried out his undergraduate studies
at Montana State University. He then went on to do his Ph.D. at the Massachusetts
Institute Technology with Professor Stephen L. Buchwald. During his time at MIT he
worked on the development and applications of Pd catalysts for C–N cross-coupling
reactions. He is currently an Elings Prize Postdoctoral Fellow in the Hawker lab.
Brett is currently working on the development of a living radical
polymerization process that can be efficiently regulated by light.