Professor Pankaj Sah is Director of the Queensland Brain Institute at the University of Queensland. He is renowned for his work in understanding the neural circuitry of the amygdala, an area of the brain that plays a central role in learning and memory formation. Dysfunction of the amygdala leads to a host of anxiety-related disorders. His laboratory uses a combination of molecular tools, electrophysiology, anatomical reconstruction, calcium imaging and behavioural studies to examine the electrophysiological signatures of different brain regions and their impact on disease. Recently, his laboratory has been working with patients undergoing electrode implantation for deep brain stimulation, which is used to treat a variety of disorders such as Parkinson's disease, Tourette's syndrome and essential tremor.
Pankaj has published over 110 papers in international peer-reviewed journals. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Nature Partner Journal ‘npj Science of Learning’, the first journal to bring together the findings of neuroscientists, psychologists and education researchers to understand how the brain learns.