Brief 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.


Honors and Awards

University of Louisville Trustees Award, 2022.

Bill Furnish Award for Excellence in Teaching of Biology (Majors), 2021.

Nominated as Faculty Favorite each year, 2014-present

Nominated as Student Champion each year, 2020-present 


Teaching Experience

University of Louisville

Instructor, Hon 202, 2022. 

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

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

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

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

Supervisor, Bio 404/405/406/501/504, 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


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.

Contributor and Member, Faculty of 1000, 2002-2022.

University of Louisville Department of Biology Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, 2010-2013, 2016-2022.

Biology Department Diversity Committee (Chair), 2017-2021.

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

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 Louisville 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 in Saint Louis Beacon Newspaper, May 2009.

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


Selected Grants

Kentucky Soybean Board, “Soybean Drought Tolerance by Modulation of Protein Prenylation” (PI), 2021-2022.

NSF EPSCoR RII Track-1, “Kentucky Advanced Manufacturing Partnership for Enhanced Robotics and Structures” (Key personnel), 2019-2024.

NSF-IOS, “Cell adhesion and fate determination in Physcomitrella patens” (PI), 2015-2019

NSF EPSCoR RII Track-1, “Powering the Kentucky Bioeconomy for a Sustainable Future” (Senior personnel), 2014-2019.

Kentucky Science and Engineering Foundation, “Prenylation mutants of Physcomitrella patens” (PI), 2013-2014.

NSF-DBI, “REU Site: Research Experience in Plant Biology at the University of Louisville” (PI), 2013-2016.

Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award (PI), 2012-2013.

NSF MRI, “Acquisition of LTQ-Orbitrap High Resolution Mass Spectrometer” (co-PI), 2009-2012.

NSF-DBI, “REU Site: Research Experiences in Plant Science at the Danforth Center” (PI), 2008-2011.

NSF-IOS, “Prenylation Mechanisms and Developmental Function” (PI) 2008-2011.

Monsanto Fund, “Prenylation Modulation and Drought Tolerance” (PI), 2007-2010.

DuPont Science and Engineering Grant (PI), 2006-2007.

NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates, “REU Site: Research Experiences in Plant Science at the Danforth Center” (PI), 2006-2009.

DuPont Science and Engineering Grant (PI), 2005-2006.

NSF Major Research Instrumentation grant, “Acquisition of a PALM Robot-MicroBeam Microdissection system” (Co-PI), 2004-2007.

NSF-IOS, “The Role of Prenylation in Meristem Function” (PI), 2004-2007.

NSF-DBI, “REU Site: Research Experiences in Plant Science at the Danforth Center” (PI),  2003-2006.

NSF-MRI, “Acquisition of a Confocal Microscope” (Co-PI), 2002-2005.