Dr. John Biggan is a Texan, an Eagle Scout, and a brain scientist.
John Biggan, like both of his parents, was born in San Antonio, TX. He lived near Austin until his dad’s job moved the family to the El Paso area. While there, John was heavily involved with the Boy Scouts of America, earning the rank of Eagle Scout, and becoming a youth leader in the Boy Scout’s National Honor Society, the Order of the Arrow. This experience taught him the value of service to the community.
After graduating from high school, John moved to Arlington to attend UTA. There he decided that the best way to serve his community was to study the brain to find interventions that can improve brain health. Ultimately, John earned a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, and a doctorate from UTA. After earning his doctorate, Dr. Biggan worked as a research scientist in the Center for Healthy Living and Longevity at UTA where he studied interventions to reduce falls in older adults. Following this, he won a highly competitive fellowship at the world-renowned Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology in Illinois. There he worked to identify and test interventions that can counteract the negative effects of aging on the brain, as well as methods to improve brain health in children.
As a scientist and educator, John is always looking for ways to make it better. He has seen firsthand that even the most well-reasoned ideas do not always pan out, and that sometimes the ideas that do not seem likely are the ones that work the best. This keeps him from getting stuck trying the same thing over and over again and means that he is not beholden to any idea just because it is a Republican idea or a Democratic idea.
John and his wife, Lauren, were involved in the local theatre scene for many years and met at a community theatre in Euless where they were performing in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Today, they live in Hurst and Lauren teaches elementary school in HEB ISD.