About Mack

Mack graduated from Wake Forest University with a B.S. in Biology. After earning his bachelor degree, Mack joined the lab of Dr. Charles (Jason) Frazier as a lab tech. His research focused on cannabinoid signaling in the hippocampus using whole-cell patch clamp recordings. Mack enjoyed the research so much that he decided to stay for his PhD. His thesis continued his investigation into how endogenous cannabinoids affect both glutamatergic and GABAergic neurotransmission in the hippocampus. After graduating in 2010, Mack moved to Portland, Oregon to work with Dr. Michael Andresen. During this time, he studied TRPV1 receptor signaling in the nucleus of the solitary tract and demonstrated that spontaneous release and evoked release originate from separate and distinct pools of vesicles in this brain region. Mack joined the Pierce Lab as the resident electrophysiologist to help provide physiology for various projects in the lab.