Maria Pompeiano

Associate Professor

Stewart Biological Sciences Bldg.
Room N8/17, 514-398-6080
maria.pompeiano at

Research Areas

Behavioral Neuroscience

Research Summary

Prof. Pompeiano’s research seeks a better understanding of the neuronal and molecular mechanisms underlying the sleep-waking cycle. Current research efforts are focused on the ontogenetic origins of sleep, and the inter-relationship between sleep, memory and synaptic plasticity, using a combination of behavioural, neuroanatomical and molecular biology methods.

Selected References

Pompeiano O, D'Ascanio P, Balaban E, Centini C, Pompeiano M. (2004) Gene expression in autonomic areas of the medulla and the central nucleus of the amygdala in rats during and after space flight. Neuroscience 124:53-69 

Pompeiano M, d’Ascanio P, Centini C, Pompeiano O, Balaban E (2002) Short-term (fos) and long-term (FRA) protein expression in rat locus coeruleus neurons during the Neurolab mission: contribution of altered gravitational fields, stress, and other factors. Neuroscience 115: 111-123

Pompeiano M, Blaschke AJ, Flavell RA, Srinivasan A, Chun J (2000) Decreased apoptosis in proliferative and postmitotic regions of the caspase 3-deficient embryonic central nervous system. J Comp Neurol 423 1-12

Cirelli C, Pompeiano M, Tononi G (1996) Neuronal gene expression in the waking state: a role for the locus coeruleus. Science 274: 1211-1215

Pompeiano M, Cirelli C, Tononi G (1994) Immediate-early genes in spontaneous wakefulness and sleep: Expression of c-fos and NGFI-A mRNA and protein. J Sleep Res: 3: 80-96

Pompeiano M, Palacios JM, Mengod G (1992) Distribution and cellular localization of mRNA coding for 5-HT1A receptor in the rat brain: Correlation with receptor binding. J Neurosci 12: 440-453

Updated: May 1, 2011
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