Gina Turrigiano received her BA from Reed College in 1984 and her PhD from University of California San Diego in 1990. She then trained as a postdoc with Eve Marder at Brandeis University before joining the faculty at Brandeis in 1994. She is now a full professor in the Dept. of Biology and the Center for Behavioral Genomics at Brandeis. She has received numerous awards for her research including an NIH career development award, a Sloan Foundation fellowship, a MacArthur foundation fellowship, McKnight Foundation Technological Innovation and Neurobiology of Disease awards, and an NIH director’s pioneer award. Her scientific interests include mechanisms of synaptic and intrinsic homeostatic plasticity, and the experience-dependent refinement of neocortical microcircuitry.