Hi! I'm Mark Agrios. I live in Chicago and work in a computational neuroscience lab at Northwestern University. My interests are in mathematical and theoretical neuroscience and exploring ways that we can use different mathematical techniques such as algebraic topology and differential geometry to study the brain and how it functions.

At the Miri Lab, we use various recording techniques to investigate skilled movement generation in mice. Using neuropixels, we can record from hundreds of individual neurons in different brain regions and study the activity as the animals move in real time.

I'm continuing a project I worked on as an undergrad exploring how network structure in the brain can be an important indicator on its ability to synchronize. Using simplicial homology we can represent a population of neurons connected by synapses as a multi-dimensional object with certain algebraic properties. Using these algebraic properties, we can characterize global features that might dictate the network's more abstract hierarchy of organiztion and how it might coordinate its neurons into a single, multi-functional unit.

Here are some neuroscience/mathematics papers that have got me thinking recently.

neural manifolds

criticality and emergence (written as a dialogue which is a fantastic way to present such a debated topic)


Outside of the sciences, I'm very interested in graphic design (specifically typography), furniture, making noodles by hand, craft beer, and finding new things to get interested in.

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Here's my CV.

I have a blog.

Follow me on github.

And on behance.