Curriculum Vitae



Mark Paul Running, Ph.D.



Department of Biology

Life Sciences 139

University of Louisville

Louisville KY 40292-0001

Phone (502) 852-3409

Fax (502) 852-0725

Email mark.running at louisville dot edu




Ph.D. Genetics, 1997, California Institute of Technology.

B.A. Summacumlaude, Biology, 1990, Pomona College.


Professional Appointments

Professor of Biology, University of Louisville, 2021-present.

Associate Professor of Biology, University of Louisville, 2015-2021.

Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Louisville, 2010-2015.

Associated Faculty Member, Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research, 2010-present.

Principal Investigator, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.  2002-2010.

Honorary Adjunct Professor of Biology, Washington University in Saint Louis, 2004-2010.

Honorary Adjunct Professor, University of Missouri Saint Louis, 2004-2010.

Postdoctoral Fellow, 1997-2002, University of California Berkeley.



Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Cancer Research Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1997-2000.

Howard Hughes Predoctoral Fellow, 1990-1995.


Teaching Experience

University of Louisville

Instructor, Bio 348/443/643, Developmental Biology, 2012-present.

Instructor, Bio 329, Cellular and Molecular Biology, 2011-present.

Co-Instructor, Bio 240, select years, 2015-present.

Guest Lecturer, Bio 388, Biology Honors Seminar, 2011-present.

Supervisor, Bio 404/405/406, Independent research, 2011-present.


Washington University in Saint Louis

Co-instructor, Bio 4028, Plants, Cells, and Molecules, 2002-2010.

Guest Lecturer in Bio 572, Seminars in Plant Biology, 2003-2006.

Lecture and laboratory section, Bio 3092, Experiments with Plants, Cells, and Molecules, 2003-2004.


Selected Service and Professional Activities

Contributor and Member, Faculty of 1000, 2002-present.

Faculty Advisor, Spanish Alliance of Louisville: Unifying Diversity (SALUD) RSO, August 2020-present. 

Faculty Co-Advisor, Cardinal Edge University of Louisville Undergraduate Research Journal and RSO, August 2019-present.

Faculty Co-Advisor, Biology Undergraduate Student Association/TriBeta National Biology Honors Society RSOs, September 2018-present.

Faculty Co-Advisor, Phi Delta Epsilon Premedical Fraternity RSO, September 2018-present.

Biology Department Diversity Committee (Chair), December 2017-present.

Member, University of Louisville Graduate Council, 2015-2021.

University of Louisville Department of Biology Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, 2010-2013, 2016-2020.

A&S Personnel Committee, August 2018-July 2020 (Chair, August 2019-July 2020). 

PI and Director, University of Louisville Biology NSF REU Summer Internship Program, 2013-2016.

Faculty Advisor, Pennies for Peace University of Louisvile RSO, October 2011-2016.

Science Advisory Board Member, Masters in Professional Science Management Program, Southern Illinois University, 2009-2011.

PI and Co-Director, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center NSF REU Summer Internship Program, 2003-2010.

Featured Scientist of the Week of the Science Advisory Board, April 2008.

Featured in Saint Louis Beacon Newspaper, May 2009.