Michael Marks

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute and University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA, USA

Michael (Mickey) Marks is a Professor at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. He received his Ph.D. in Microbiology/ Immunology at Duke University in 1989, and completed two post-doctoral fellowships at the National Institutes of Health before joining Penn’s faculty in 1995. He moved across the courtyard to the Penn-affiliated Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute in 2013. Mickey’s lab studies the molecular mechanisms underlying the formation, maturation and functioning of cell type-specific lysosome-related organelles, including pigment cell melanosomes, platelet dense granules, alveolar lamellar bodies, and organelles in innate immune cells. His lab has largely focused on the functions of genes that are mutated in Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome, and in various forms of oculocutaneous albinism. Mickey was co-Editor of Traffic from 2012-2020, is Editor of Molecular Biology of the Cell since 2021, chaired the National Institutes of Health peer review group on Membrane Biology and Protein Processing from 2019-2021, Chaired the Gordon Research Conference on Lysosomes and Endocytosis in 2012, and was awarded the Aaron B. Lerner Lectureship by the Pan-American Society for Pigment Cell Research in 2009 and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2016.

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