Martha U. Gillette is a neuroscientist who seeks to understand the actions of molecules in neurons and glial cells within the tissue environment, signal processing in brain, and the effects of circadian rhythms on metabolism and behavior. She is Alumni Professor of Cell & Developmental Biology and the Center for Advanced Study. She is Director of the U of I Neuroscience Program, Co-leader of the Neurotechnology of Memory and Cognition theme of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, and is appointed in Physiology, Bioengineering, Neuroscience, and the Carle-Illinois College of Medicine.
Prof. Gillette received her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology from the University of Toronto, and postdoctoral training in Neuroscience at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has held executive positions in national/international societies in the circadian rhythms and sleep fields. Gillette is a Fellow of the AAAS and was awarded the Women in Neuroscience Lifetime Achievement Award of the Society for Neuroscience. She served on the Alan T. Waterman Committee of the NSF and Advisory Council to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the NIH. Gillette’s discoveries have important health applications: Malfunctioning of the master circadian timing system results in brain and organ dysfunctions, which manifest as clinical disorders of sleep, metabolism, and mental health. She is engaged in cross-disciplinary research bridging campus excellence in cellular neuroscience, microscale analytical chemistry, and engineering machines from emergent properties of cells. She will be speaking about recent findings that endogenous redox oscillations regulate neuronal excitability and state. Prof. Gillette will be available after her seminar talk for private discussions and meetings.