Mark Verdecia received his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of California, San Diego and is a scientist at the National Institutes of Health. At the NIH he engineers biosensors for visualizing brain activity. He is also enrolled in the MBA program at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, where he is focusing on entrepreneurship. He is currently co-founding a biotechnology company focused on developing novel drugs for brain cancer. He is also one of the founding team members of Urban Pastoral Collective, and is responsible for spurring innovation in agriculture through cutting edge science. Mark would like to use his experience to help mentor other entrepreneurs, fund exciting JHU-affiliated ventures, and connect with the local start-up community.