Amy Poremba, Ph.D., joined the NIDCD in September 2016 to serve as a program director within the Division of Scientific Programs for the institute’s hearing and balance portfolio focused on central auditory and vestibular processing.
Dr. Poremba earned her Ph.D. in biological psychology from the University of Illinois. She completed her neuroscience postdoctoral training at the University of Texas and the National Institute of Mental Health, where she used animal models to explore the neural circuitry of communication and learning. Dr. Poremba then joined the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Iowa; as a professor there for 16 years, she conducted research on auditory central nervous system processing and communication. Her research focused on the neurobiology of auditory processing, learning, and memory to guide translational efforts aimed at improving care for people with impaired hearing or neurological disorders. Her articles have appeared in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, including Science, Nature, Journal of Neuroscience, and Frontiers in Neuroscience. While at the University of Iowa, she also served as director of the Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience Division, where she managed student curricula, graduate program training, faculty and student recruitment, and graduate student mentoring.