2019
Alumni (Fellow)

Mark Dombrovskiy

John A. Blackburn Jefferson Fellow
Rostov-on-Don, Russian Federation
Degrees:
B.S. Moscow State University (2012)
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Biology

Bio:

Short Bio for Celebration Dinner: Mark Dombrovskiy is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Biology. Mark earned his B.S. degree with honors at the Department of Biology in Moscow State University in Russia in 2012, following which he spent two years working as a research assistant in the Russian Center for Pediatric Oncology and Immunology. At U.Va., Mark works under the supervision of Dr. Barry Condron where he led a study describing the emergence of experience-dependent social behavior in Drosophila fruit fly, and published his research in Current Biology Journal in 2017. Mark completed a follow-up study investigating specific neuronal circuits regulating the emergence of social behavior in fruit flies during critical periods in early postembryonic development. His paper was accepted for publication in the same Current Biology Journal in March 2019. In 2019, Mark was offered a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA, in a laboratory headed by Dr. Larry Zipursky, a Distinguished Professor of Biological Chemistry, Chair of UCLA Neuroscience, and an HHMI investigator. In Dr. Zipursky’s lab, Mark will continue to investigate molecular mechanisms of neuronal circuit formation during development. At U.Va., Mark works under the supervision of Dr. Barry Condron, with whom he led a study on the emergence of experience-dependent social behavior in Drosophilia fruit fly. He published his research in Current Biology Journal in 2017. Mark completed a follow-up study investigating specific neuronal circuits regulating the emergence of social behavior in fruit flies during critical periods in early postembryonic development. The paper was accepted for publication in the same Current Biology Journal in March 2019. Before his graduation in the summer 2019, Mark plans to finish two more projects related to his previous research and focusing on ecological and evolutionary aspects of fruit fly social behaviors. In 2019, Mark was offered a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA, in a laboratory headed by Dr. Larry Zipursky, a Distinguished Professor of Biological Chemistry, Chair of UCLA Neuroscience, and an HHMI investigator. In Dr. Zipursky’s lab, Mark will continue to investigate molecular mechanisms of neuronal circuit formation during development.

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