Graduate Training in Neuroscience
University of Washington
Virginia Merrill Bloedel Professor and Director, Department of Otolaryngology-HNS and Bioengineering
The Rubinstein lab studies cochlear implants and collaborates with the Phillips lab in the study of vestibular implants. The lab uses computational biophysical and empirical modeling, as well as digital signal processing, psychophysics, and speech and music perception studies. Physiological studies are performed in collaboration with the Tremblay lab for cochlear implants in humans and the Phillips lab for vestibular implants in both human and non-human primates. Human subjects for cochlear implant research include both normal hearing listeners, as well as a variety of cochlear implant devices including Hybrid electro-acoustic implants currently undergoing clinical trials at a limited number of sites. The lab has access to the world's only human subjects implanted with a vestibular neurostimulator. Our goals are to use fundamental neuroengineering principles to improve signal coding in inner ear devices, demonstrate the efficacy of these improvements in humans and translate them to clinical use.