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2018 OFA Recipient M. Gabriele

Mark Gabriele
Professor of Anatomy

James Madison University

What inspires me:
“Students are my inspiration! Being present to each other, we grow through mutual discoveries, diverse perspectives and shared life experiences.”

Mark Gabriele

Mark L. Gabriele is a professor and director of anatomy in the Department of Biology at James Madison University, which he joined in 2001.

His scholarship focuses on neural development, brain maps and their capacity for change. His work has widespread applications to neuroplasticity, recovery, and regeneration. The Gabriele laboratory is funded through state Jeffress Memorial Trust and Commonwealth Health Research Board grants and multiple awards from the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health. His efforts helped launch a core microscopy and imaging facility, serving as a regional research and education center. He has numerous publications in top-tier neuroscience journals with student coauthors, and routinely presents with them nationally and internationally. 

He directs a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses including gross anatomy, functional neuroscience and human histology. He embeds novel research into classroom activities and a teaching atmosphere into his lab. Gabriele initiated and coordinates a neuroscience concentration, and is frequently an invited keynote speaker for his research expertise and teaching methodologies. Recent institutionwide recognitions include the Provost Award for Excellence in Honors Teaching and Service, the Madison Scholar Award, and Madison Trust and Provost Research Grant Awards.

Gabriele provides leadership in community-based outreach, sustainable practices, and exposing underrepresented groups to STEM opportunities. He champions a student-run food-truck initiative, Fueled, that promotes health and environmental awareness. He was named to the JMU Athletics Hall of Fame and continues active support of the student-athlete experience.

Gabriele received a B.S. in biology from JMU and a Ph.D. in neurobiology and anatomy from Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Since returning to his alma mater, he enjoys living in Harrisonburg with his wife, Laurie, and their two kids.

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