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Sarah Pallas


Sarah Pallas received her B.S. degree in Biology, summa cum laude, from the University of Minnesota, after completing an honors thesis on comparative mammalian renal anatomy under William D. Schmid.  She then worked for a year as a lab tech in Richard Phillips’ neuroethology lab, doing chick brain histochemistry and animal husbandry.  After taking the first ever Neurobiology class offered at the University of Minnesota, from Carl D. Hopkins, she became fascinated with neuroethology. She went on to Iowa State University for a M.S. degree in Zoology, where she conducted neurophysiological research on earthworm escape behavior circuitry.  For her Ph.D. she first studied development and plasticity of the cricket auditory pathway under Ronald R. Hoy and then development and plasticity of the mammalian visual pathway under Barbara L. Finlay, using neurophysiological and neuroanatomical approaches.  Her postdoc was done at M.I.T. under Mriganka Sur in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences department.  There she studied cross-modal plasticity in the ferret sensory cortex, under her own NRSA fellowship from NIH/NEI.  She took her first faculty position in 1992 in the Neuroscience Division of Baylor College of Medicine, and moved to Georgia State University as an Associate Professor in 1997.  In 2001 she was nominated for the GSU Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award. In 2005 she received the NABT Evolution Education Award. She was promoted to Full Professor at GSU in 2006. In 2011 she was appointed as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS).  Her research has been funded by NSF, NIH, the Whitehall Foundation, Fight for Sight, and the Deafness Foundation.

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