Mark Dombrovskiy

John A. Blackburn Jefferson Fellow
Class: 2019
Hometown: Rostov-na-Donu, Russian Federation
B.S. Moscow State University (2012)
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

Mark Dombrovskiy is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Biology at the University of Virginia, where he works under the supervision of Dr. Barry Condron. Mark’s research is focused on studying cellular and molecular mechanisms of plasticity in the nervous system underlying the emergence of learning, memory and a variety of complex social behaviors. His approach includes a combination of computational modeling, as well as behavioral and anatomical studies. In 2017 Mark and his colleagues released a paper featuring experience-dependent social behavior in Drosophila that was published in the high impact Current Biology Journal. Currently, Mark is investigating how social behavior emerges during critical periods in early postembryonic development. Mark received his B.S. in biochemistry from Moscow State University

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