Karen Pawlowski, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department: Otolaryngology

Graduate Programs: Biomedical Engineering

Biography

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Dr. Pawlowski obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in 1981 from the University of Minnesota, College of Biological Sciences. Her undergraduate work in the Department of Plant Pathology Electron Microscopy Core facility lead to her position in 1982 at the University of Minnesota Department Of Otolaryngology Electron Microscopy Laboratory; run by Ardnt J. Duvall M.D. While there, she collaborated with Dr. Duvall publishing manuscripts on the study of normal and pathological ultrastructure of the inner ear under her maiden name (Robinson).  

Dr. Pawlowski left the University of Minnesota in 1991 to join UT Southwestern as Senior Research Associate in the Department of Otolaryngology’s Otologic Research Laboratory headed by Charles G. Wright, PhD. Dr. Pawlowski co-authored publications on ototoxicity and hearing disorders in humans and animal models with Dr. Wright while completing her MS in Applied Cognition and Science (1997) and her PhD in Auditory Neuroscience (2000) from UT Dallas.

After obtaining her Ph.D., Dr. Pawlowski worked as a Research Scientist in the UT Dallas Department of Behavioral and Brian Sciences before rejoining the UT Southwestern Department of Otolaryngology as Assistant Professor in 2003. She continues her relationship with UT Dallas as an adjunct professor for Communication Sciences and has a secondary appointment with the Department of Biomedical Engineering, a joint program involving UT Southwestern, UT Dallas, and UT Arlington. Her primary areas of interest are the anatomy and physiology of the inner ear in health and disease and issues concerned with recurrent infections in the middle ear.  Her investigations include hearing loss due to ototoxic drugs, cellular mechanisms involved in hearing loss and genetic mutations underlying conditions such as Usher’s syndrome types 1 and III and Niemann Pick Disease type I.

Education

Undergraduate University of Minnesota Central Office (1981)
Graduate School University of Texas at Dallas (1997)
Graduate School University of Texas at Dallas (2000)

Research Interests

  • Cellular mechanisms involved in sensory neural hearing loss
  • Genetic Hearing Loss
  • Investigations of biomedical engineering technologies applied to the temporal bone and auditory system
  • Ototoxicity

Publications

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Cochlear implant device failure secondary to cholesterol granuloma-mediated cochlear erosion.

Neilan RE, Pawlowski K, Isaacson B, Roland PS Otol. Neurotol. 2012 Jul 33 5 733-5

Comparison of calcium phosphate preparations for onlay cranial augmentation in a murine model.

Furze AD, Lee MR, Pawlowski K, Lakhiani C, Leach JL Eur J Plast Surg 2012 Published online 21 February 2012

Controlled release of hepatocyte growth factor from a bovine acellular scaffold for vocal fold reconstruction.

Xu CC, Chan RW, Weinberger DG, Efune G, Pawlowski KS J Biomed Mater Res A 2010 Jun 93 4 1335-47

A bovine acellular scaffold for vocal fold reconstruction in a rat model.

Xu CC, Chan RW, Weinberger DG, Efune G, Pawlowski KS J Biomed Mater Res A 2010 Jan 92 1 18-32

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Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Sigma X, UTSW Chapter (2010)
  • UTSW Imaging Society (2005)
  • Society for Neuroscience (2000)
  • Association for Research in Otolaryngology (1993)