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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.


University of Minnesota Centra (1981)
Graduate School
University of Texas at Dallas (1997)
Graduate School
University of Texas at Dallas (2000)

Research Interest

  • 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


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Ephrins and Ephs in cochlear innervation and implications for advancing cochlear implant function.
Lee KH, Warchol ME, Pawlowski KS, Shao D, Koulich E, Zhou CQ, Lee J, Henkemeyer MJ Laryngoscope 2014 Dec
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

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Sigma X, UTSW Chapter (2010-2014)
  • UTSW Imaging Society (2005)
  • Adjunct Professor, UT Dallas (2003)
  • Society for Neuroscience (2000)
  • Association for Research in Otolaryngology (1993)