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Collaborative Research Area on Hearing Disorders

Coordinator: Edwin Rubel, Ph.D.


This CRA aims to understand the normal and abnormal development of the inner ear and its connections within the brain, with an emphasis on genetic and environmental factors required for establishing proper cell types, synapses, information processing, and behavior. These studies include: a) characterization of molecules that control normal development of the auditory system, b) examination of the impact of abnormal auditory system development on hearing and language, c) identification of genes associated with congenital and acquired human deafness, and d) treatments for patients with loss of hearing. Investigators also examine the impact of experience on the development of the auditory system by performing physiological, cellular, molecular, and behavioral studies in both human and animal subjects.

Key Faculty Investigators

  • Edwin Rubel, Ph.D., Professor, Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery and Physiology & Biophysics, Coordinator
  • Olivia Bermingham-McDonogh, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biological Structure
  • Mark Bothwell, Ph.D., Professor, Physiology & Biophysics
  • Eliot Brenowitz, Ph.D., Professor, Psychology and Biology
  • Clifford Hume, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery
  • Patricia Kuhl, Ph.D., Professor, Speech and Hearing Sciences
  • Elizabeth Oesterle, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor, Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery
  • David Perkel, Ph.D., Professor, Biology and Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery
  • James Phillips, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor, Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery
  • Jay Rubinstein, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery
  • Jennifer Stone, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor, Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery
  • Bruce Tempel, Ph.D., Professor, Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery and Pharmacology

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