Many Faces of UTHealth: Dash remarks on memorable moments

Published: September 26, 2016 by Hannah Rhodes

Pramod Dash, Ph.D., works on long-term memory formation and is the principal investigator of the Dash Lab in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy. The laboratory explores the molecular mechanisms contributing to working memory, short-term memory and long-term memory and the relationships between each type. He and his colleagues employ a multidisciplinary approach using molecular, biochemical, genetic, pharmacological and behavioral techniques.

Pramod Dash, Ph.D.
Scientific Director, Mission Connect
Nina and Michael Zilkha Distinguished Chair in Neurodegenerative Disease Research
Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy
John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston

What is something you wish people knew about your department/area of work?

Traumatic brain injury is not a unitary event. Rather, it is a progressive disease that can rob the quality of life of the affected person as well as their loved ones.

What is the most interesting thing about your job?

I have always been interested in solving problems. Research offers daily problems that I enjoy unraveling.

What is your greatest professional accomplishment?

I was the first to discover how long-term memories are formed.

What inspires you at work?

Finding a treatment that can improve memory.

What is one thing that is still on your bucket list?

To visit Robben Island prison where Nelson Mandela spent 27 years of his life.

Describe your perfect Saturday.

Ultimate frisbee with undergraduate and medical school students in the morning, barbecuing in the afternoon and watching sports in the evening.