Mark received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2012 while working on a project utilizing adeno-associated virus to re-establish T-cell tolerance in type I diabetics. Despite having only been close to the west coast twice in his life to play in a kickball tournament in Las Vegas, he then packed up his belongings and moved out to Seattle, Washington where he spent the better part of three years doing research on multiple sclerosis with the Immunology Department at the University of Washington. Although he loved the weather, hiking, and beer of the Pacific Northwest, the inability to find decent BBQ brought him back to Durham to join Precision as T-cell scientist. When he is not busy doing experiments or dancing poorly in lab, Mark can be found spending time with his wife and son, rooting for all things University of Maryland (Go Terps!), running the nearby trails, or attempting to convince himself he’s not too old to become a professional soccer player.