Mu-ming Poo is the founding and current director of the Institute of Neuroscience, Chinese Academy of Sciences, director of CAS Center for Excellence in Brain Science and Intelligence Technology, and Paul Licht Distinguished Professor in Biology Emeritus at University of California, Berkeley. He studied physics at Tsinghua University (Taiwan) and received Ph D in biophysics from Johns Hopkins University. He had served on the faculty of University of California at Irvine, Yale University, Columbia University, and University of California at San Diego, and University of California, Berkeley. He has made seminal contributions in studying neuronal differentiation, axon guidance and synaptic plasticity. He is a member of Academia Sinica, US National Academy of Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Hong Kong Academy of Science. He had received Ameritec Prize (2001), Docteur Honoris Causa from Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris (2003), Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (2014) and Claude Bernard University of Lyon (2018), P. R. China International Science & Technology Cooperation Award (2005), Qiushi Distinguished Scientist Award (2011), and Gruber Neuroscience Prize (2016). He is currently an editorial board member of Neuron, Editor of Developmental Neurobiology, and Executive Editor-in-Chief for National Science Review.