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Karen Pawlowski's graduate education focused on hearing science. She has over 30 years’ experience studying tissues within the ear and inner ear, focusing on neuroscience of the auditory periphery, including histology, immunohistochemistry and some functional testing. Collaboration with otologists, neuro-otologists, audiologists, geneticists, pharmacologists, and physiologists from affiliated institutions and beyond has resulted in the generation of numerous peer-reviewed publications and several book chapters in this area. She has successfully managed a laboratory for over 14 years, collaborating on grants and contracts and teaching graduate level courses in anatomy and physiology of hearing.   



Rochester Community/tech Colle (1978), Fine Arts
University of Minnesota-Twin C (1981), Biology
Graduate School
University of Texas at Dallas (1997), App Cognition
Graduate School
University of Texas at Dallas (2000), Human Development

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)