The Best Scientists at Top Universities
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The Best Scientists at Top Universities
Our HRP Consortium is the dream team of hair cell regeneration, comprising the best auditory scientists at leading institutions worldwide.
With more than 200 years of combined experience in hearing research, the HRP Consortium publishes widely (over 400 published papers among them) and have well established labs (receiving over 600 NIH grants combined).
This top-tier team believes that pooling their talents will accelerate the timeline to a cure for hearing loss and tinnitus. Meet the researchers below.
Baylor College of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Imperial College London
Oregon Health & Science  University
Stanford University
University of Maryland
Stowers Institute for Medical Research
University of Michigan
University of Southern California
University of Toronto
University of Washington
Washington University
Peter Bar-Gillespie, Ph.D., Director of the Hearing Restoration Project
Professor of Otolaryngology at Oregon Hearing Research Center; scientist at the Vollum Institute at Oregon Health & Science University.
Research Area: Studying mechano-electrical transduction by hair cells, the sensory cells of the inner ear.
Associate Professor of Otolaryngology and Associate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology at Oregon Health & Science University.
Research Area: Establishing gain and loss of function experimental paradigms to define gene function in the developing mammalian inner ear; evaluating embryos prenatally or neonatally, and identifying genes critical for morphogenesis and cell fate specification.
Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at University of Toronto; scientist at Sunnybrook Research Institute; research director at Sonja Koerner Hearing Regeneration Laboratory.
Research Area: Discovering and elucidating the molecular signaling cascades and transcription factors responsible for the development of the mammalian inner ear.
Albert Edge, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary at Harvard Medical School.
Research Area: Researching stem cells and the basic mechanisms of cellular repair in the nervous system; studying the loss of sensory cells in the inner ear that result in deafness due to excessive noise, drugs, disease, or aging.
Associate Professor at Baylor College of Medicine. 
Research Area: Using the inner ear as a model system to address fundamental questions in developmental biology and regeneration; using the complementary approaches of chick embryology and mouse genetics to address these problems.
Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and Molecular and Cellular Physiology at Stanford Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at Stanford University.
Research Area: Developing solutions for reversing sensory hair cell loss in the mammalian cochlea using stem cell-based approaches; elucidating the molecular basis of our senses of hearing and balance.
Ronna Hertzano, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Research Area: Defining the transcriptional network leading to inner ear development; Identifying targets for prevention of age and noise/ototoxic induced hearing loss; Developing tools for sharing and presenting gene expression data. 
Michael Lovett, Ph.D.
Professor at the National Lung & Heart Institute and Chair in Systems Biology at Imperial College London.
Research Area: Examining genomics and next generation sequencing; applying genomics to the regenerative epithelia of the inner ear and to the genetic wiring of the vertebrate face.
Associate Investigator at Stowers Institute for Medical Research.
Research Area: Studying how the sensory lateral line develops in zebrafish by analyzing mutants that affect this process, and focusing on the elucidation of these mechanisms by isolating the genes responsible for defects in these processes in mutants.
David Raible, Ph.D.
Professor of Biological Structure at University of Washington.
Research Area: Examining how neural crest cells make cell fate choices in the zebrafish embryo, an emerging vertebrate developmental system with distinct advantages for cellular, molecular, and genetic study.
Yehoash Raphael, Ph.D.
R. Jamison and Betty Williams Professor of Otolaryngology at University of Michigan; A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute Scholar; Director of the Otopathology Laboratory at the Kresge Hearing Research Institute.
Research Area: Restoring hair cells and hearing in deaf guinea pigs by injecting into the inner ear a gene that triggers the growth of hair cells during embryonic development.
Neil Segil, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor at Broad/CIRM Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Biology at the University of Southern California.
Research Area: Researching development aspects of cell cycle regulation in relation to the inner ear, hearing loss, and regeneration.
Research Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at University of Washington.
Research Area: Studying cellular and molecular mechanisms guiding embryonic and post-embryonic production of sensory hair cells in birds.
Mark Warchol, Ph.D.
Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology and at the Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences at Washington University School of Medicine.
Research Area: Researching development and regeneration of sensory receptors and afferent neurons in the inner ear; determining the functions of the GATA3 and PAX2 transcription factors, which appear to regulate the differentiation of auditory neurons and vestibular hair cells.
Previous Members 

Liz Oesterle, Ph.D. (2011-2015)
Research Associate Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery; Research Affiliate, Center on Human Development and Disability at University of Washington.
Research Area: Studying anatomy and physiology of the inner ear; identifying factors that can stimulate inner ear sensory epithelial cells to re-enter the mitotic cycle and stimulate the production of new receptor cells (hair cells).
Edwin Rubel, Ph.D. 
Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Department of Otolaryngology, at the Graduate Program in Neurobiology and Behavior, and the Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center at University of Washington.
Research Area: Examining development, plasticity, pathology, and potential repair of the inner ear and auditory pathways of the brain.
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