Mu-ming Poo is the founding and current director of Institute of Neuroscience, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Paul Licht Distinguished Professor in Biology Emeritus at University of California, Berkeley. He studied physics at Tsinghua University in Taiwan and received Ph.D. in biophysics from Johns Hopkins University. He had served on the faculty of University of California at Irvine, Yale University, Columbia University, and University of California at San Diego, and University of California, Berkeley. His research interests covered neuronal differentiation, axon guidance, and synaptic plasticity.
Professor Poo is a member of Academia Sinica, US National Academy of Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Academy of Science of Hong Kong. He had received Ameritec Prize (2001), Docteur Honoris Causa from Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris (2003) and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (2014), P. R. China International Science & Technology Cooperation Award (2005), Qiushi Distinguished Scientist Award (2011), and Gruber Neuroscience Prize (2016).