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Cindy Poo, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist


Cindy Poo is a senior scientist with the Allen Institute for Neural Dynamics and an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Washington. Her work uses ethologically grounded behaviors to understand population dynamics and cell-type specific mechanisms for perception, cognition, and flexible behavior in distributed circuits across the brain.

Cindy 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 focused on understanding synapses and circuits in the olfactory cortex. Prior to joining the Allen Institute, she was a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Dr. Zachary Mainen at Champalimaud Research in Lisbon, Portugal, where she studied the role of olfactory system in the context of spatial cognition in rodents.

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