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Cindy Poo, Ph.D.

Champalimaud Research


Cindy Poo is a postdoctoral researcher at Champalimaud Research in Lisbon, Portugal, in the lab of Dr. Zachary Mainen. Cindy grew up in Taipei, Taiwan and has lived and worked across multiple continents. She received her undergraduate degree in neuroscience from Brown University. She completed her doctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. Jeffry Isaacson at the University of California, San Diego, where she used in vitro and in vivo patch-clamp recordings to understand synaptic mechanisms contributing to odor-evoked activity in olfactory cortex. As a postdoctoral researcher, Cindy was supported by postdoctoral fellowships from the Helen Hay Whitney Foundation and Human Frontiers Science Programme. Her current research uses freely-moving and head-fixed rodent behavioral paradigms combined with contemporary electrophysiological recording, perturbation, and data analysis methods to further understand the olfactory system in the context of spatial navigation. Cindy’s long-term research goal is to understand the neural dynamics and mechanisms for olfactory perception, cognition, and behavior in distributed circuits across the brain.

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