Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center

Affiliate Profile


April 26, 2019

Mark E. Whipple, MD

Mark E. Whipple, MD Associate Professor Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education mwhipple@uw.edu Additional Titles: Assistant Dean Curriculum, UW School of Medicine Work Summary: Dr. Whipple is interested in general otolaryngology; sinus surgery; sleep surgery; otology; maxillofacial trauma; and biomedical informatics (the use of computer technology to improve medical practice,…


Ernest A. Weymuller, MD

Ernest A. Weymuller, MD Professor Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery eaw@uw.edu Additional Titles: Associate Medical Director UW Medicine Head & Neck Surgery Center Research Interests: Head and neck surgery, sinus disease Work Summary: My two areas of clinical care are the surgical management of chronic sinusitis and participation in the UW multi-disciplinary approach to…


Kelly L. Tremblay, PhD, CCC-A

Kelly L. Tremblay, PhD, CCC-A Professor Speech and Hearing Sciences tremblay@uw.edu Research Interests: Auditory deprivation; auditory stimulation Work Summary: Dr. Tremblay and her research team are interested in auditory rehabilitation and study experience-related changes in the brain. Their program of research includes the effects of auditory deprivation (age-related hearing loss) and stimulation (hearing aids, cochlear…


Jennifer Stone, PhD

Jennifer Stone, PhD Research Professor Otolaryngology – Head and Neck stoner@uw.edu Additional Titles: Director of Research Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Co-Director NIDCD Training Grant for resident research training in Otolaryngology Research Areas: Balance, hearing Research Interests: Hearing and balance, development and regeneration of sensory hair cells, biology of hair cell progenitors Primary Methodologies: Transgenic mouse…


William Spain, MD

William Spain, MD Professor Neurology, Physiology and Biophysics spain@uw.edu Work Summary: My lab is identifying the rules for transducing synaptic input into frequency-coded trains of action potentials in neocortical neurons and brainstem auditory relay neurons. Because those neurons perform different functions, their transduction mechanisms contrast sharply.  


Joseph A. Sisneros, PhD

Joseph A. Sisneros, PhD Professor Psychology sisneros@uw.edu Additional Titles: Associate Chair of Research Psychology Adjunct Professor Biology Work Summary: The primary focus of the Sisneros lab is the investigation of seasonal reproductive-state and steroid-dependent plasticity of the adult auditory system in the plainfin midshipman fish (Porichthys notatus).  


Eric T. Shea-Brown, PhD

Eric T. Shea-Brown, PhD Professor Applied Mathematics etsb@amath.washington.edu Research Interests: Mathematical biology, mathematical neuroscience Work Summary: Eric’s interests span a wide set of topics in mathematical neuroscience and biological dynamics. Recent work focuses on optimal signal processing and decision making in simple neural networks, dynamics of neural populations in interval timing tasks, correlations and reliability…


Jay T. Rubinstein, MD, PhD

Jay T. Rubinstein, MD, PhD Professor Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Bioengineering rubinj@uw.edu Additional Titles: Director Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center Research Interests: Prosthetic neurostimulation of the inner ear Primary Methodologies: Behavior, modeling & computation, signal processing, physiology, clinical trials Work Summary: Biophysical models of the response of auditory neurons have led to…


Daniel D. Rubens, MD

Daniel D. Rubens, MD Associate Professor Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine daniel.rubens@seattlechildrens.org Additional Titles: Director Anesthesiology Transplant Service, Seattle Children’s Hospital Research Interests: SIDS Work Summary: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) claims the lives of 2,500 infants in the United States every year. Striking without warning and leaving scant clues about its cause, SIDS has defied…


Todd L. Richards, PhD

Todd L. Richards, PhD Professor Radiology toddr@uw.edu Research Interests: Brain metabolic changes and functional relationships Primary Methodologies: Imaging Work Summary: Dr. Richards studies metabolic changes and functional relationships in the brain during the progression of neurodegenerative diseases and during language processing. His brain imaging projects involve functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) of language, memory, pain,…



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