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					                         John A. Pollock, PhD

                         Dr. John A. Pollock is the Associate Professor of Biological Science at
                         Duquesne University. He is also a Visiting Professor at the
                         Entertainment Technology Center, which is jointly managed by the
                         College of Fine Arts and School of Computer Science at Carnegie
                         Mellon University. In addition, he is a Research Fellow of the STUDIO
                         for Creative Inquiry, College of Fine Arts, Carnegie Mellon University.

                           Dr. Pollock earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science in Physics
                           and his PhD in Biophysics at Syracuse University. He did his post
                           doctoral training at the California Institute of Technology, where he
studied the molecular neurogenetics of the developing eye and brain. Dr. Pollock’s research
involves identifying genes involved in neural development, perception, and pain sensation. To do
this he studies genetics, behavior, expression profiling, molecular cell biology, and advanced

In addition to his research, Dr. Pollock has taken a leadership role for five related informal
science education projects that produce artistically rich, science education films for young people
and the general public. One project concerns Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday and involves a
year-long and city-wide partnership with Duquesne University, Carnegie Science Center,
Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Phipps Conservatory &
Botanical Garden, National Aviary, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Library of
Pittsburgh. Other current projects are producing health literacy films for patients.

Dr. Pollock serves as the president of the National Association of Health and Science Education
Partnerships. He is also a member of American Society for Cell Biology, the Biophysical
Society, and the Society for Neuroscience. He is the 2008 Darwin Evolution/Revolution Award,
National Institutes of Health, and is the editor of Risk Management and Healthcare Policy (Dove
Medical Press). In addition, Dr. Pollock is very active in community service. He has volunteered
as a reading tutor since 2003, and he has previously served on the organizing committee and
acted as volunteer coordinator, amongst other duties, at the Persad Center, which is a Pittsburgh
based counseling center.

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