Mark Bowren, Jr, PhD

INSPIRE T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Departments of Psychiatry, Neurology, & Neurosurgery

Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine

University of Iowa


I am currently a postdoctoral fellow in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. My career objective is to become a clinician-scientist. I aim to lead a grant-funded program of research, and perform neuropsychological assessments. My research is focused on elucidating the mechanisms of domain-general cognitive processing using lesion-deficit inference. Specifically, my research employs two complementary methodological approaches: lesion network mapping and ultra-high frequency intracranial electrical stimulation. First, I use neuroimaging and neuropsychological data to link cognitive deficits to damage to brain networks among patients with focal, naturally-ocurring brain lesions (e.g., leisons due to stroke). Second, I use ultra-high frequency intracranial electrical stimulation to induce transient virtual lesions among patients with intractable epilepsy. These two arms of my research allow for exploratory theory building and hypothesis-driven experimental research, which together generate novel insights into the relationships between the brain and behavior.

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

Post-stroke outcomes predicted from multivariate lesion-behaviour and lesion network mapping

Cognitive impairment after focal brain lesions is better predicted by damage to structural than functional network hubs

Selected Media Coverage