SBME Synergy Research Day 2024

SBME Synergy Research Day Key Information


LSI West Atrium & LSC 1003


9:30 am – 2:30 pm


Deadline to RSVP is August 6th

Submit a Poster:

Deadline to submit a poster is August 2nd

About Synergy Research Day

SBME Synergy Research Day is an opportunity for students in the Synergy Summer Undergraduate Studentship Program to showcase their summer research projects. We invite faculty, staff, students, researchers, and other BME enthusiasts to join us for a day of posters and research talks!


9:30 am

Welcome/Opening Remarks

9:40 am

Keynote: Dr. Mark Cembrowski

10:30 am


10:45 am

Trainee Talks

11:15 am

Student-led game

11:30 am


Trainees will eat first to due to the poster session

12:00 pm

Poster Session

2:00 pm

Student-led game

2:10 pm


2:30 pm

End of day

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Mark Cembrowski

Molecules, Cells, and Memory in the Brain

Memory is central to everyday life, and understanding the neurobiology of memory holds immense importance for both fundamental science and clinical application. Here, focusing on neurons in the hippocampus, I’ll present research on how memories are formed, stored, and retrieved in the brain. This work will span molecular, cellular, and circuit neuroscience, and through the use of state-of-the-art neuroscience tools, show how specific types of neurons can mediate distinct aspects of memory and behaviour.

Dr. Mark Cembrowski Biography:
Mark is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences at the University of British Columbia, an Investigator with the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, and an Associate Member of the School of Biomedical Engineering. His laboratory, opened in 2019, combines a variety of experimental and computational techniques to study the role of cell types in memory and cognition. Prior to his position at UBC, Mark worked as a postdoctoral scientist in the laboratory of Nelson Spruston at the HHMI Janelia Research Campus. Mark received his MS (2008) and PhD (2011) in Applied Mathematics from Northwestern University.

In his spare time, Mark practises and teaches yoga, handstands, and calisthenics.