Professor Pankaj Sah
Head of Synaptic Plasticity

Queensland Brain Institute

Tel: +61 7 3346 8815
Web: www.qbi.uq.edu.au

Professor Pankaj Sah is a neurobiologist and head of Synaptic Plasticity at the Queensland Brain Institute. He graduated in Medicine from the University of NSW in 1983. Following an internship, he became interested in the brain and did a PhD in neuroscience. After completing his PhD, he worked in the United States for two years and returned as a postdoctoral fellow to the University of Queensland for an initial three years. He then moved to the University of Newcastle, Faculty of Medicine. In 1998, he set up a lab at the John Curtin School of Medical Research in Canberra, and relocated to QBI as a founding member in 2003.

His lab works on the amygdala, a region of the brain involved in laying down emotional memory. Pankaj became interested in working on the amygdala as dysfunction of this structure underlies mental disorders such as panic attacks, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.