Research and Teaching Interests
The Mark laboratory explores the molecular mechanisms that bacteria use to defend themselves from antibiotics, and how viruses evade host immune responses by corrupting the cellular ubiquitin system. Findings from his group are revealing weaknesses in bacteria and viruses that can be exploited as new therapeutic targets to treat infectious disease.
Associate Dean (Research) Brian Mark helps professors secure their funding and apply for research grants. His support includes helping acquire and maintain research infrastructure and facilities. Brian is proud of his colleagues’ research accomplishments. He enjoys giving back to the scientific community that helped him launch his own research career.
When Brian took Introductory Biology in his 1st year at the University of Winnipeg, he found his niche in the biosciences. Not only did his professor, Kent Simmons, make the subject fascinating, he revealed a wide array of intriguing unanswered questions. Brian pursued those answers as a Masters student studying Biochemistry and Medical Genetics at the University of Manitoba, earning his PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Alberta, working as a Post Doc at Los Alamos National Lab and joining the UM Faculty of Science in 2005.