Gina Turrigiano received her B.A. from Reed College in 1984 and her Ph.D. from University of California, San Diego in 1990. She trained as a postdoc with Eve Marder at Brandeis University before joining the faculty in 1994, where she is now the Levitan Professor of Vision Science in the department of biology.
Turrigiano’s work has focused on the discovery and characterization of homeostatic forms of synaptic and intrinsic plasticity. She has received numerous awards for this research, including a MacArthur Fellowship, a National Institutes of Health Director’s Pioneer Award and the Human Frontier Science Program Nakasone Award. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.