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Anna Lysakowski, AB'76, Other'90, PhD'84 (UIC)
Professor, Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Illinois at Chicago
Prof. Lysakowski graduated from the College in 1976 with a degree in Biology. While there, she became interested in neuroscience and worked in a couple of laboratories at the University before entering graduate school and obtaining a PhD in neuroanatomy at UIC. After a 6 year postdoctoral fellowship in neurophysiology back at UChicago, she obtained a faculty position at UIC. In the interim, she has risen to full professor at UIC, obtained a Fulbright Fellowship for the UK, had an experiment on the space shuttle, published a paper in Science, and is currently President of the Chicago chapter of Society for Neuroscience. Her research is on the morphology and protein composition of inner ear vestibular hair cells and has been continuously funded by grants from NIH and NASA, with current NIH grants to study mitochondria and the vestibular calyx ending.