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This top-tier team of research professionals knows that pooling their talents will accelerate the timeline to a cure for hearing loss and tinnitus.

Peter Bar-Gillespie Ph.D.

Scientific Director, Hearing Restoration Project - Professor of Otolaryngology, Oregon Health & Science University

Studying mechano-electrical transduction by hair cells, the sensory cells of the inner ear.

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John Brigande, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Otolaryngology, Oregon Health & Science University

Developing methods to control gene expression in the inner ear; identifying genes critical for development of the ear.

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Alain Dabdoub, Ph.D.

Scientist, Sunnybrook Research Institute

Discovering and characterizing the molecular signaling factors responsible for the development of the mammalian inner ear.

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Albert Edge, Ph.D.

Professor of Otolaryngology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School

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.

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Andy Groves, Ph.D.

Professor of Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine

Using the inner ear as a model system to address fundamental questions in developmental biology and regeneration; using chick embryology and mouse genetics to address these problems.

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Stefan Heller, Ph.D.

Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Stanford University

Developing solutions for reversing sensory hair cell loss in the mammalian cochlea using stem cell-based approaches.

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Ronna Hertzano, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Identifying targets for prevention of age and noise/ototoxic induced hearing loss and developing tools for sharing and presenting gene expression data.

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Michael Lovett, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair of Systems Biology, National Heart & Lung Institute, Imperial College London

Applying genomics to hair cell regeneration in the inner ear

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Tatjana Piotrowski, Ph.D.

Associate Investigator, Stowers Institute for Medical Research

Determining how the zebrafish inner ear induces hair cell regeneration.

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David Raible, Ph.D.

Professor of Biological Structure, University of Washington

Examining how neural crest cells, like those in the zebrafish lateral line, develop.

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Yehoash Raphael, Ph.D.

R. Jamison and Betty Williams Professor of Otolaryngology, University of Michigan

Determining how to restore 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.

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Edwin Rubel, Ph.D.

Virginia Merrill Bloedel Chair of Hearing Science, Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center, University of Washington

Examining development, plasticity, pathology, and potential repair of the inner ear and auditory pathways of the brain

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Neil Segil, Ph.D.

Research Associate Professor, Broad/CIRM Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Biology, University of Southern California

Studying development aspects of cell cycle regulation in relation to the inner ear, hearing loss, and regeneration.

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Jennifer S. Stone, Ph.D.

Research Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Washington

Investigating cellular and molecular mechanisms guiding embryonic and post-embryonic production of sensory hair cells in birds.

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Mark Warchol, Ph.D.

Professor of Otolaryngology, Washington University School of Medicine

Examining development and regeneration of sensory receptors and afferent neurons in the inner ear.

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