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Mark Cembrowski, Ph.D.

University of British Columbia


Mark Cembrowski is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences, as well as an Investigator in the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, at the University of British Columbia. His laboratory examines how molecular and cellular properties of the brain transform to create, maintain, and retrieve memories. Formerly, Mark was a postdoctoral researcher in the Spruston Laboratory at the Janelia Research Campus of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. In his postdoctoral work, Mark combined experimental and computational approaches to examine the extent of heterogeneity within classical cell types of the hippocampus. This work revealed that all classical cell types exhibit extensive within-cell-type variability, which can ultimately mediate structurally and functionally dissociable streams of hippocampal output. Mark received his PhD in Applied Mathematics from Northwestern University as a joint student between William Kath, Hermann Riecke, and Joshua Singer. Here, he used computational modeling in conjunction with patch-clamp electrophysiology to build and test realistic models of retinal cells, synapses, and circuits.