Health Sciences Department

Josef Brandauer


Health Sciences



Campus Box 0432


Science Center
300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400


MA University of Maryland, College Park, 2001
PhD University of Maryland, College Park, 2005

I believe strongly that students of all backgrounds who come to Gettysburg College have the potential to be successful and thrive. I am passionate about helping students maximize their personal, intellectual, and academic growth. Most recently, I am using data gathered from student records to predict students’ academic success before starting a course or even arriving at Gettysburg. I also teach a First-Year-Seminar called “Are you Smart? Science, culture, and how we learn” that explores biological, sociological, and cultural determinants of learning.

My laboratory’s focus is on mitochondrial biology, particularly in the context of acute and chronic exercise. One of my longstanding research interests is how nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide governs mitochondrial biology.

I also regularly teach Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II (HS 209, 210), Statistics for Health Sciences (HS 232), and Cardiorespiratory Physiology (HS 312).

Courses Taught