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Peter Dallos
Emeritus Professor of Audiology, Otolaryngology and Biomedical Engineering; John Evans Professor of Neuroscience, Neuro
Communication Sciences & Disorders

Peter Dallos

Peter Dallos’s research explores the mammalian ear’s inner and outer hair cells. His lab has developed the now widely accepted idea that outer hair cells function as local amplifiers and are responsible for the ear’s sensitivity and frequency selectivity. A few years ago Dallos and his research team identified the molecule prestin, a novel motor protein unique to outer hair cells that helps these cells amplify sound. His current research involves examining the properties of prestin and the influence of modifications in prestin on hearing in mice.


PhDBiomedical Engineering, Northwestern University
MSElectrical Engineering, Northwestern University
BSElectrical Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology
Electrical Engineering, Technical University, Budapest

Recent Awards and Honors

2005Hugh Knowles Prize
2004Guyot Prize
2004Honorary Member, Hungarian Academy of Sciences