Mark is a third-year student at UCLA majoring in Neuroscience. His interests revolve heavily around the neurological foundations of cognition, specifically focused on what regions of the brain are responsible for certain complex mental and behavioral phenomena. Emotion, cognition, and consciousness as a whole involve neural networks that are now able to be reproduced and studied on the microscopic level, and it is Mark's hope that a deeper understanding of the electro-chemical circuitry of the brain will bolster research in the areas of Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) technology and neuropharmacology. Mark conducted research in the 2022 Johns Hopkins Neuroscience Scholars Program as a part of the Li/Zhang Biomechanical Engineering Lab, analyzing somatosensory neural networks in mice using 2-photon fiber endoscopy. He plans to use his research skills to pursue a Ph.D. in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience.