August 14, 2019 - It is with great sadness that we share news of the unexpected passing of Michael Poulter, PhD, professor in Physiology and Pharmacology and scientist at Robarts Research Institute.
Poulter was a devoted scientist and teacher whose contributions to the School and the research community will be greatly missed.
Recruited to Robarts Research Institute in 2005 as a member of the Neurodegeneration Group, Poulter subsequently joined the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology. His research was internationally recognized for contributing to the understanding of the molecular and cellular basis of epilepsy and depressive disorders. He was developing a new anti-epileptic drug through a start-up company he founded, and was committed to the advancement of science for the betterment of human health.
He served as a member of the Robarts Executive Committee and was an active member of his research group and Robarts Research Institute. Throughout his career, he published more than 70 peer-reviewed manuscripts and was successful in obtaining research funding from CIHR, NSERC, The Ontario Brain Institute, and other agencies.
Poulter was also a dedicated teacher and mentor and made many valuable contributions to undergraduate and graduate training at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry. He served as the Director of the Neuroscience Graduate Program from 2011 to 2014.
Dr. Poulter is survived by his wife Caroline Schild-Poulter and two children.