Mark Pernik is a senior at Austin College majoring in neuroscience. He has done research in orthopedics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston from which he is the author of two manuscripts. During this time Mark studied the possible implications of using a new spinal immobilization device – the vacuum mattress – on trauma patients, pressure associated with the use of various pelvic circumferential compression devices, and the potential use of osteobiologics to improve fracture healing. Mark currently works in a neuroscience lab at Austin College where he is studying the effects of purported nootropic substances on learning and memory using a rat model. Outside of the school Mark enjoys volunteering at the local hospital, is the President of the Tri-Gamma fraternity, President of the Pre-Health Society, and Editor of Acumen - Austin College's Undergraduate Research Journal. Upon graduation he plans to pursue a career in academic medicine.
As Senior Research Editor, Mark hopes to grow the research department and ensure that it is a positive experience for all parties involved. He believes that JYI is a phenomenal opportunity for undergraduate students to submit their quality research for peer review - or even to become involved as a part of the team.