Martha U. Gillette, Ph.D.
Professor, Cell and Developmental Biology

Dr. Gillette received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 1976 and joined the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 1978. She is the Director of the Neuroscience Program and a Professor in the Departments of Cell and Developmental Biology, Molecular and Integrative Physiology, and Bioengineering. She also serves on the faculty of the and the . Dr. Gillette served as Head of Cell and Developmental Biology from 1998 until 2008.

Professor Gillette has been an Affiliate with the Institute for Genomic Biology (Genomics of Neural & Behavioral Plasticity Theme) since its inception in 2003 and the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory since 2009. Her many accomplishments were acknowledged by the University of Illinois with appointments as Alumni Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology in 2004 and Center for Advanced Study Professor in 2009.

Mailing Address:
Cell and Developmental Biology
601 S. Goodwin Avenue
B107 CLSL, MC-123
Urbana, IL 61801

606, 618, 620, Morrill Hall
Office: 217-244-1355, 217-333-4561
Fax: 217-244-1648

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  • Nominated, FASEB (Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology) Excellence in Science Lecture and Award, 2006
  • Women in Neuroscience Mika Salpeter Lifetime Achievement Award, 2004
  • Chair, Gordon Conference on Chronobiology, 2003-05
  • Vice-Chair, Gordon Conference on Chronobiology, 2001-03
  • Outstanding Medical Scholars Program Advisor, UIUC, 2002
  • University Scholar, UIUC, 1997-2000
  • Visiting Scholar, Friday Harbor Labs, University of Washington, 1997
  • Fellow, Center for Advanced Study, UIUC, 1996-99
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1995-present
  • Beckman Scholar, University of Illinois, 1990-91


  • President, Society for Research on Biological Rhythms
  • Society for Neuroscience Program Committee
  • Executive Board, Sleep Research Society
  • Co-Coordinator of Research, NSF Science & Technology Center on Emergent Behavior of Integrated Cellular Systems (EBICS)
  • Regional Planning Committee, NIH Roadmap Initiatives, Regional Translational Research Centers
  • Presidential Task Force on Trainee-Related Programs, Sleep Research Society
  • Vice President and Board Member, The National Sleep Foundation, Washington, DC
  • Advisory Board, Society for Research on Biological Rhythms
  • Originator/Organizer, Neuroscience of Sleep & Circadian Biology Social/Datablitz, Society for Neuroscience
  • National Institutes of Health Study Section Member; Ad Hoc Reviewer
  • NSF/Division of Integrated Organismal Sciences; Ad hoc GRANT reviews.
  • Editorial: Sleep, Associate Editor; Experimental Neurology, Editorial Board; Encyclopedic Reference of Neuroscience, Field Editor for Circadian Rhythms; Journal of Biological Rhythms, Advisory Board
  • Memberships: American Academy of Sleep Medicine; American Association for the Advancement of Science; American Physiological Society; Foundation for Biomedical Research; International Society for Neuroethology; National Coalition for Science and Technology; Sleep Research Society; Society for Neuroscience; Society for Research on Biological Rhythms; Women in Neuroscience; The Melatonin Club