Mark Daniel Zuppichini, Ph.D.

MNI Postdoctoral Community DEI Chair
Research Fellow, Psychology
Polk Lab

Areas of Interest

Our lab is interested in understanding the neural underpinnings of cognitive function and how neural structure and cognition changes in healthy and pathological aging. We utilize a multidisciplinary approach that combines behavioral experimentation with computational modeling and multiple neuroimaging modalities to gain insight into the neural processes and changes underlying healthy and pathological cognitive function. 

Honors & Awards

  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Dissertation Fellowship Award (2022)
  • Trainee Professional Development Award (TPDA), Society for Neuroscience (2021)
  • National Research Service Award, Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (F31), NIH/NINDS (2020)
  • Eugene McDermott Graduate Fellowship Award, UTD (2020)


  • Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Psychology Department, University of Michigan (present)
  • Ph.D., Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Texas at Dallas (2022)
  • M.A., Psychology, Montclair State University (2017)
  • B.S., Neuroscience, University of Delaware, (2013)

Published Articles or Reviews

  • Sandry, J., Zuppichini, M. D., & Ricker, T. (2020). Attentional flexibility and prioritization improves long-term memory. Acta Psychologica.
  • Sivakolundu, D. K., West, K. L., Zuppichini, M.D., Turner, M. P., Abdelkarim, D., Zhao, Y., ... & Rypma, B. (2020). The neurovascular basis of processing speed differences in humans: A model-systems approach using multiple sclerosis. NeuroImage, 116812.
  • West, K. L., Zuppichini, M. D., Turner, M. P., Sivakolundu, D. K., Zhao, Y., Abdelkarim, D., & Rypma, B. (2019). BOLD hemodynamic response function changes significantly with healthy aging. NeuroImage188, 198-207.
  • Zuppichini, M. D., & Sandry, J. (2018). Pilot investigation of the relationship between hippocampal volume and pattern separation deficits in multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis and related disorders26, 157-163.

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