Pittsburgh newsmaker: Susan Sesack |

Pittsburgh newsmaker: Susan Sesack

Residence: Wilkinsburg

Family: Married to Brian Sesack

Occupation: Associate professor of neuroscience and psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. Sesack’s research focuses on understanding chemicals in the brain and how they relate to diseases like schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease.

Noteworthy: The National Science Foundation recently awarded Sesack a $256,000 grant for the purchase of a biological electron microscope with a digital photography system. Sesack said she will use the microscope to study brain structure, synapses and neurotransmitters that affect emotion, movement and cognition.

Quote: “Another huge advantage to the technology is the external display on a screen separate from the viewer. More than one person can see at one time, so this will increase the speed at which we can train undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students.”

— By Mike Wereschagin

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