Dr. Nachtigal is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics, with a cross-appointment in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences (Max Rady College of Medicine) and is a Senior Scientist with the Research Institute in Oncology & Hematology at CancerCare Manitoba. He received his B.Sc. (General) and PhD (Physiology) degrees from the University of Manitoba.
Prior to his recruitment as faculty to the University of Manitoba in 2010, he was the Bruce & Dorothy Rossetti Scholar for Cancer Research in the Faculty of Medicine, Departments of Pharmacology and Medicine at Dalhousie University from 1998-2010. He served as Coordinator of Graduate Studies for Pharmacology, and Co-chair of the Nova Scotia Cancer Research Training Program.
Complementing his laboratory-based research into the biology of ovarian cancer are his collaborations with clinicians and epidemiologists to investigate the clinical outcome of ovarian cancer patients in Manitoba. Mark participates in the teaching of trainees encompassing undergraduate science, B.Sc.(Med.) graduate students, medical residents, and Oncology Fellows. He has served as a member or Chair on the Biochemistry & Medical Genetics Curriculum Review Committee, Graduate Student Awards Committee, and Graduate Student Affairs Committee. He also served as a member and then Team Leader for the IHP, Bachelor of Health Sciences, Biomedical Sciences Concentration Committee, as well as on the IHP Bachelor of Health Sciences Curriculum Subcommittee.
The IHP is a joint program between the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences and the faculties of Arts and Science offering two undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Health Sciences and the Bachelor of Health Studies. These degree programs offer unique approaches to planning, administration and delivery of health services by integrating biological science and social science in understanding the health of people. Students gain experience about health issues at the individual, family, community, and institutional levels, as well as across the lifespan. The two degrees can serve as the foundation for careers on health care teams and community health management, and can be used to build the knowledge and prerequisites for entry into graduate and professional programs in the health and social science fields.