Department of Physiology & Biophysics
Stony Brook University
Basic Science Tower 5-123
Stony Brook, NY
Mark Bowen was born in Duluth, MN, on the frigid
North Coast of the United States.
He obtained a Bachelor of Arts
in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota at Morris,
a public, residential liberal arts college.
After graduation, Mark worked in
the chemical industry and as a home health aide.
He obtained a Ph.D from the
University of Illinois at Chicago in Biochemistry under
the mentorship of Dr. Peter G. W. Gettins.
This work investigated
alpha-2-Macroglobulin, a molecular trap found in human
plasma capable of enveloping proteases within a
After receiving his doctorate
in 1998,Mark took a Howard
Hughes Medical Institute postdoctoral position at Yale
University in the Department of Molecular Biophysics and
Biochemistry with Dr. Axel Brunger working on membrane
protein structure and function.
Mark next moved with the Brunger
lab to Stanford University and joined the Department of
Molecular and Cellular Physiology.
At Stanford he worked with Dr.
Steven Chu on single molecule approaches to
understanding the molecular mechanism of synaptic
Mark Bowen is currently an
Assistant Professor at Stony Brook University in the
Department of Physiology and Biophysics; he is also a
member of the graduate programs in Biochemistry and
Structural Biology, Chemical Biology, Molecular Biology,
Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology & Neuroscience.