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Mark Zaki Begins Studies at Harvard Medical School

In August, Mark Zaki, a former fellow in the 2014 Conte Center Undergraduate Research Program (URP), began his studies in the MD Program at Harvard Medical School. While he was a student at Pitt, Mark worked in Dr. David Lewis’ lab from the summer of 2013 through the summer following his graduation in 2016. He was also mentored by Ms. Holly Bazmi and Dr. Sohei Kimoto, in addition to Dr. Lewis.

Mark played an essential role in the investigation of neuronal pentraxins and their potential contributions to DLPFC microcircuit dysfunction in schizophrenia. Mark is a co-author on a paper featured in JAMA Psychiatry describing some of the work he did in the Lewis Lab. He presented posters of his work at the annual University Honors College Research Fair in 2014 and 2016; the Penn State Hershey Annual Neuroscience Research Retreat in 2014, where he won a Best Poster Presentation; Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic’s annual Research Day in 2014 and 2016; the University of Pittsburgh’s annual celebration of science and technology, Science 2015; and the annual 2016 Society of Biological Psychiatry meeting in Atlanta. In 2016, Mark was selected by the Provost's office to represent the University of Pittsburgh at the 2016 Atlantic Coastal Conference (ACC) Meeting of the Minds Conference hosted by the University of Syracuse.

In addition to his Conte Center fellowship, Mark was also awarded the Beckman Scholars Program through the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation, a University of Pittsburgh Fall Undergraduate Research Award, and a University of Pittsburgh Small Grant Award.
Silvio O. Conte Center for Translational Mental Health Research
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