Associate Professor

Joint appointment with Department of Kinesiology

Cross appointment with the Department of Psychology

Cross appointment with the School of Pharmacy

John Mielke

Contact information

Office: LHN 2728

Telephone: 519-888-4567, ext. 38606



Research interests

Understanding the various ways that neurones change in response to their environment is the core focus of our laboratory.

Using biochemical, electrophysiological, and behavioural methods, combined with animal models, we study two main topics:

  1. The neurobiological embedding of adversity. We hope to understand how adverse environmental factors (such as malnutrition and psychosocial stress) can affect the development and/or function of brain areas related to learning and memory.
  2. Biological characteristics that influence outcome from brain injury. We also hope to understand how variables like sex, age, and anatomical region can affect the cellular changes that arise following stroke-like injury.

Graduate supervision and student opportunities

I am currently accepting applications from graduate students with related research interests:

  • Developmental origins of health and disease
  • Mechanisms of neuronal cell death
  • Synaptic plasticity
  • Experimental neuroscience

Graduate studies application details

Teaching interests

  • Biological determinants of health
  • Public health neuroscience
  • Neuroplascitiy
  • ​Pathobiology


BSc – Neuroscience (University of Toronto)

BEd – Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (University of Toronto)

PhD – Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology (University of Toronto)

PDF – Neurophysiology (National Research Council of Canada)

Chartered Biologist – Society of Biology (UK)

Selected publications

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Selected professional activities and networks

University of Waterloo