- B.S., Susquehanna University, 1998
- Ph.D., Georgetown University, 2005
My research interests focus on the development of the cochlea (organ of hearing) and the cochlear neurons that transmit sound information from the cochlea to the brain for interpretation. Hearing impairments can be the result of loss or malfunction of sensory cells within the cochlea or the associated cochlear neurons. Thus the ability to repair or replace nonfunctional cells within this system could restore hearing loss for many individuals. My lab investigates the normal developmental mechanisms and specific genes that are important for signaling progenitor (undefined) cells to becomes cochlear sensory cells or neurons. Knowing the normal process of cellular determination may provide the necessary tools to begin the process of repairing or replacing damaged cells within this system to restore hearing function.
General Biology I
General Biology II