Amy Poremba, Ph.D., joins the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) as a program director within the Division of Scientific Programs. In her new role, Dr. Poremba will manage extramural programs supporting research on hearing and balance.
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. 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. 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.
Poremba succeeds Christopher Platt, Ph.D., who retired from the NIDCD in December 2016.