Department Chair:
Keith Tarvin

Administrative Assistant:
Twila Colley

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8315
Fax: (440) 775-8960

Science Center K123
119 Woodland St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Office Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday-Friday

Mark Braford Jr

Mark Braford Jr

Professor of Biology and Neuroscience

Mark Braford, Professor of Biology and Neuroscience

Contact Information


Science Center A136
(440) 775-8031

Mark Braford Jr

Mark Braford, Jr.

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, Wabash College, 1964
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Case Western Reserve Univ, 1971

Organization and evolution of the vertebrate nervous system. Using anatomical methods, professor Braford's studies brain organization in different animals and attempts to interpret the results in a comparative and evolutionary context. In recent work on the organization of the forebrain he has attempted to determine the extent to which nonmammalian vertebrates have evolved their own specialized patterns of forebrain organization as well as the extent to which they possess brain structures that are antecedent of the mammalian neocortex, basal ganglia, and limbic system. 


Select Publications

Braford, M.R., Jr. and L. Sintasath* 2006 Distribution of NADPH-diaphorase in the telencephalon of the bichir, Polypterus.  Soc. Neurosci. Abstr.  Program No.149.12. Abstract Viewer/Itinerary Planner./Washington, DC: Society for Neuroscience.Online.

Braford, Jr. M, McCormick, CA, and Saidel, WM (2006) The lateral line system of Typhlonectes and other adult gymnophionan amphibians. Brain, Behav. Evol., In Press.

Braford, M. R., Jr. 1994  Introductory Remarks (Delivered at Conference on the Contributions of Electrosensory Systems to Neurobiology and Neuroethology) J. Comp. Physiol. A, 173: 703.  

Bruce. L. L. and M. R. Braford, Jr. 2008  "Evolution of the Limbic System", In:  The New Encyclopedia of  Neuroscience, L. Squire, T. Albright, F. Bloom. F. Gage and N. Spitzer, eds., Elsevier.

Getzin*, A., I. White*, M. Bartlett*, M. Braford, K. Wallen and J. E. Thornton  2006  Sexual dimorphism in the medial preoptic nucleus of the guinea pig brain is not due to prenatal estrogen.  Program No.152.11. Abstract Viewer/Itinerary Planner./ Washington, DC: Society for Neuroscience.Online

McCormick, C. A. and M. R. Braford, Jr.  2008 "Evolution of the Auditory System in Anamniotes", In:  The Encyclopedic Reference of  Neuroscience, U. Windhorst, M. Binder, N. Hirokawa, and M    Hirsch, eds., Springer-Verlag.