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College of Science Associate Dean of Undergraduate Affairs
75% Biological Sciences, 25% Biomedical Engineering

MJIS 2023

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(Neurobiology and physiology) Central auditory neurophysiology and neuroanatomy at the systems and cellular levels.


Our lab is interested in how hearing circuits function in normal and pathological conditions. We are interested in the representation of sound at various levels - behavioral responses to sound, auditory evoked potentials from the entire auditory system, in vivo discharge patterns to sound from a single neuron or ensembles, intrinsic and synaptic currents produced by neurons, and the changes in protein expression and molecular organization that underlie functional changes.

Other Activities

Professional Organizations:
  • Society for Neuroscience
  • Association for Research on Otolaryngology
Invited Lectures, 2013-2018:
  • "Short stories about the non-lemniscal thalamus." Association for Research in Otolaryngology, February 19, 2013.
  • "'Eh, what's that sonny?': Neural representations of sounds in young versus old animals." Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana, March 22, 2013.
  • "Mechanisms of temporal processing across the lifespan: Current research and future possibilities." The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine, May 28, 2013.
  • "Parallel pathways for processing in auditory thalamus and cortex." University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, November 1, 2013.
  • "Cellular properties that shape temporal processing in the auditory thalamus across the lifespan." University of Souther California, Los Angeles, California, April 7, 2014.
  • "Multi-level analysis of age-related declines in auditory temporal processing." Hearing Across the Lifespan, Como, Italy, June 5, 2014.
  • "Multi-level analysis of age-related declines in auditory temporal processing," NEOMED, Rootstown, Ohio, September 25, 2014.
  • "The trick is growing up without growing old: Auditory processing throughout the lifespan," National Institute on Drug Abuse, Baltimore, Maryland, April 6, 2015.
  • "Neural representations of complex sound processing in young and aged animals," Aging and Speech Communication, October 12, 2015.
  • "The beat goes on...phase lag and lead between my research and Tom Yin's research," University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, October 22, 2015.
  • "Don't stop 'til you get enough: balance of excitation and inhibition across the lifespan in auditory circuits," University of Connecticut, April 16, 2016.
  • "Overcompensation in older males — for hearing," Frequency Following Response workshop, Boston University and Harvard/MIT hosting, May 19, 2016.
  • "Overcompensation in older males — for hearing in circuits across the lifespan," University of Florida, June 2, 2016.

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