Mark P. Burns, PhD

Mark P. Burns, PhD


Mark Burns, PhD is a Professor in, and the Vice-Chair of, the Department of Neuroscience at Georgetown University. He established his laboratory in 2009, and has been privileged to work with an outstanding group of young, energetic, diverse, motivated, and inspirational scientists since his first day on the job.

Mark earned his PhD studying animal models of depression in the Department of Pharmacology at the National University of Ireland in Galway under the mentorship of Prof. Brian Leonard. As a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Prof. Karen Duff at the Nathan Kline Institute / New York University, he studied mechanisms of amyloid and tau accumulation in animal models Alzheimer's disease. At Georgetown University, Mark worked with Prof. Bill Rebeck to study apoE in Alzheimer's disease.

Mark teaches Neuroscience and Neuroanatomy at the Medical School and Graduate School at Georgetown University. He serves on grant review study sections for Veterans Affairs and the National Institutes of Health. He is the co-Specialty Chief Editor for Frontiers in Neurodegeneration, and is currently the three year co-Chair of the National Capital Area TBI Symposium.

Mark lives with his family close to the Potomac river, and is a whitewater kayaker who loves doing dumb things in kayaks.