PhD Northwestern University, Pharmacology and Toxicology 1999
Dissertation: “Learning and age associated changes in the biophysical and synaptic properties of CA1 pyramidal neurons in hippocampus”
Advisor: John Disterhoft
MS University of Maine - Orono, Zoology 1993
BS University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign, Genetics and Development 1990
Dr. John Power is a Senior Lecturer within the Department of Physiology. He leads Neuroplasticity in Memory and Addiction Group within the Translational Neuroscience Facility. Dr. Power is an expert in the cellular basis of memory formation. His previous research has contributed to our understanding of the biophysical changes that underlie aging and associative learning, the role of the endoplasmic reticulum in neuronal calcium signalling, and amygdala neurophysiology. His group continues to investigate the cellular mechanisms of memory formation using a combination of electrophysiological recordings, live-cell fluorescent calcium imaging and genetic manipulations. The current focus of his research is the identification of novel cellular mechanisms that modulate or preserve neuronal connections that may be translated into treatments for disorders of impaired or aberrant connectivity such as Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, post-traumatic stress disorder, epilepsy and addiction.
Novel pathways to abstinence from alcohol seeking. National Health & Medical Research Council / Ideas Grants (2022 - 2026)
New Teacher of the Year (2013) – School of Medical Sciences, UNSW Sydney
ResTeach Grant (2011) – University of Queensland
Smart State Fellow (2007 – 10) – Queensland State Government
Journal of Physiology Cover Illustration - Volume 580, Issue 3, May 2007
Chapters Post Doctoral Travel Fellowship (2007) - Society for Neuroscience
National Research Service Award (1994 – 1997) - National Institute for Mental Health (USA)
I am currently the SoMS Outreach and Public Engagement Coordinator. I am engaged in the operation of a host of SoMS outreach activities including Open Day, National Youth Science Forum, Brain Awareness Week and the Australian Brain Bee High School Students competitions.
I believe that my role as an educator of adults at university is to encourage and facilitate students’ active engagement in the learning process, enabling students to achieve a deeper understanding of the subject and the capacity to apply the knowledge to new situations. I currently convene NEUR3221 Neurophysiology and NEUR4421 Biomedical Perspectives in Neuroscience. I also teach into a range of neuroscience courses including NEUR2201 and NEUR3121.