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Mackenzie Howard, PhD


Dr. Mackenzie Howard received his BA in Biology from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, in 1998. After his undergraduate years, he narrowed his focus to neuroscience while working in research projects in labs at Oregon Health Sciences University, University of Miami, and University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He then joined Ed Rubel's lab in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Washington. He completed his dissertation studying how the development and integration of excitatory and inhibitory inputs with intrinsic neuronal properties allows for neural processing of auditory information, and received his PhD in 2008.


Dr. Howard then completed two postdoctoral fellowships at UCSF, shifting his focus to the cellular and circuit mechanisms of synaptic plasticity and connectivity in epilepsy and neurodevelopmental disease. He joined the UT faculty in 2017.

Running the Howard lab (next door to the Brumback Lab) he uses his extensive background in cellular neurophysiology to understand mechanisms of genetic epilepsies.

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