Dr. Fallah’s interest in research started as an undergraduate biology major at the Johns Hopkins University, where he had opportunities to work with a number of different faculty members investigating protein folding, motor molecules of the golgi apparatus, and attentional mechanisms. That led to his interest in merging biological science with the study of the brain. He received his doctorate under the supervision of Charlie Gross at Princeton University, focusing on the oculomotor (eye movement) control of spatial attention. He completed his post-doctoral training under John Reynolds at the Salk Institute, investigating object-based attention and smooth pursuit eye movements.
In 2005, he took up a faculty position in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science at York University, associated with the Centre for Vision Research. Over 15 years, he continued his research program while also holding various administrative appointments, including undergraduate program director in kinesiology, and associate dean research & innovation in the Faculty of Health. He joined the College of Biological Science as dean in 2021, and as a professor in the Department of Human Health & Nutritional Sciences, where he is continuing his research into eye movements.