Mark D. Trottier, PhD, is the Student Research Director for the Grand Rapids campus of the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Dr. Trottier serves as the Grand Rapids course coordinator for 3rd Year Critical Appraisal/Analytic Medicine (CA/AM) and oversees the 4th Year Research Elective. He also oversees the student matching process with research mentors in the Grand Rapids community. Prior to joining CHM, Dr. Trottier was a Research Assistant Professor in the Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Department at Michigan State University, studying the effects of stress, nutrition and obesity on immune system development and function. He was a postdoctoral fellow at both New York University and Northwestern University/Evanston Hospital where he investigated viral infections of the central nervous system, focusing on viral pathogenesis in models of virus-induced demyelination and encephalitis. Dr. Trottier received a BS in Biology from Rensselaer Polytechnic University in Troy, NY and a PhD in Molecular Virology from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.