Gina R Poe

Gina R Poe, PhD


Regular Professor University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA US


I am a California native educated at Stanford (BS, 1987) and UCLA (PhD Neuroscience 1995). I did my postdoctoral studies with Dr. Carol Barnes and Bruce McNaughton in Arizona, then moved to Washington State University for my first faculty appointment. There I received my first NIH RO1 grant to study the relationships between REM sleep and memory – a grant that continues to this day. There I also served as the Director of the new undergraduate Neuroscience major, and taught Systems Neurophysiology. In 2001 I moved to the University of Michigan and joined the department of Anesthesiology with a joint appointment in Molecular and Integrative Physiology and joined the Neuroscience Interdepartmental graduate program. I earned tenure there in 2007, and graduated two successful PhD Neuroscientists: Theresa Bjorness and Christine Walsh, also mentoring 4 postdoctoral scholars and dozens of talented undergraduate students while pursuing the research goals of understanding the memory consolidation function of sleep and its physiological underpinnings. In 2016 I moved to a full Professor position back at my alma mater, UCLA, where I continue my sleep and memory research with 4 outstanding graduate students: Kevin Swift, Michelle Frazer, Yesenia Cabrera, and Rockelle Guthrie as well as 4 creative, enthusiastic undergraduate assistants and full time Researcher, Brooks Gross, Ph.D.  I am director of the COMPASS – Life Sciences program and the Brain Research Institute’s Sumer Undergraduate Research Program and co-direct the MARC program and teach in a Sleep course and a Neuroscience of Bias and Discrimination course. Nationally I direct the Marine Biological Laboratory course called SPINES and co-Direct the Society for Neuroscience’s Neuroscience Scholar’s Program. I am a longstanding member of the Sleep Research Society and the Society for Neuroscience, serving elected and appointed positions in both societies. I have served as a member of the NIH study section: IFCN-3, Learning and Memory and ad-hoc on several other review panels. This career and my family keep me fulfilled and I find the mentoring and science I get to do incredibly rewarding.   
Neuroscience Sub-Discipline
Behavioral Neuroscience
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
Cognitive Neuroscience
Analysis of Behavior and Cognition in Non-human Animals
Computation, Modeling, and Simulation
Electrophysiology (unit activity)
In vivo Monitoring
Optical methods
Species: Vertebrate

Committee Participation

CommitteeTitleMember Status
Professional Development Committee MemberPast
Professional Development Committee Ex OfficioCurrent
JNeurosci Editorial BoardAssociate EditorPast
Committee on Women in NeuroscienceMemberPast