Mark Dunleavy is from Ireland. Following his B.Sc. in Physiology from University College Dublin, he obtained his Ph.D. from The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) studying cardiovascular abnormalites in obstructive sleep apnoea. He then took up a post-doc position in the Department of Physiology and Medical Physics (RCSI) under Prof. David Henshall. Here his research focused on the pathophysiology of seizures in the developing brain. He is currently undertaking the outbound phase of an IRCSET-Marie Curie post-doc fellowship at the Centre for Integrative Biology (CIBIO, University of Trento) under the supervision of Prof. Yuri Bozzi investigating the role of dopamine in seizure-induced cell death.