Peter Dallos John Evans Professor of Neuroscience Emeritus

Research Summary

Biophysics and Neurobiology of the Cochlea

Our work is focused on understanding the molecular and cellular bases of mammalian hearing. We focus on the functioning and role in the hearing process of the mammalian innovation: outer hair cells. These sensory receptors have motor capabilities and perform as the cochlear amplifier. Our latest work pertains to the study of the motor protein of outer hair cells. In 2000 we cloned the gene Prestin that codes for this molecular motor. When expressed in a heterologous cell system, prestin confers electromotility and nonlinear charge movement. We now study the properties of prestin and the electrophysiology of prestin knockout and knockin mice.

Selected Publications

Selected Honors/Awards

  • 2008  Life Achievement Award, American Auditory Society
  • 2005  Hugh Knowles Prize
  • 2004  Guyot Prize, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
  • 2004  Honorary Member, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • 2000  Kresge-Mirmelstein Award
  • 1997-00  Senior Investigator Award, The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience
  • 1997  Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • 1997  Acta Otolaryngologica International Prize
  • 1997-98  Sigma Xi Distinguished National Lecturer
  • 1995  von Békésy Medal of the Acoustical Society of America
  • 1994  Honors of the Association, American Speech, Language and Hearing Association
  • 1994  Award of Merit, Association for Research in Otolaryngology
  • 1977-78  Recipient of John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for research in auditory physiology