Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center

Current Award Recipients

2019 Mini-Grant Awards

Bloedel Affiliate Applicant:
Olivia Bermingham-McDonogh, PhD
Professor, Dept of Biological Structure
University of Washington
Proposal Title:
Gene expression changes during critical stages of sensory development in the mouse cochlea
Bloedel Affiliate Applicant:
Mary-Claire King, PhD
Professor, Genome Sciences, Medicine (Medical Genetics)
University of Washington
Proposal Title:
Genomic Analysis of Hearing Loss and Cochlear Implant Outcomes
Bloedel Affiliate Applicant:
Joseph Sisneros, PhD
Professor, Psychology
University of Washington

External Co-Applicant:
Allison Coffin, PhD
Associate Professor, Neuroscience
Washington State University

Proposal Title:
Reproductive-state dependent changes in Wnt signaling and hair cell proliferation in the inner ear of a vocal fish

 

2019 Traveling Scientist Awards

Traveler:
Harold Zakon, PhD
Professor, Dept of Neuroscience
University of Texas, Austin
Visit dates:
25 June – 25 August 2019
Bloedel Affiliate Collaborator:
Eliot Brenowitz, PhD
Professor, Dept of Psychology
University of Washington
Traveler:
Holly Bridge, MA, MSc, DPhil
Associate Professor
University of Oxford, England
Visit Dates:
6 July – 10 August 2019
Bloedel Affiliate Collaborator:
Ione Fine, PhD
Professor, Dept of Psychology
University of Washington
Bloedel Affiliate Traveler:
Adrian KC Lee, PhD

Associate Professor, Dept of Speech and Hearing
University of Washington
Visit Dates:
April 2017 – October 2019
Collaborator:
David McAlpine, PhD
Director of Hearing Research
Australian Hearing Hub
Macquarie University
Sydney, Australia

2019-2021 Bloedel Scholar

Joseph A. Sisneros, PhD
Professor –  Psychology
Associate Chair – Research
Adjunct Professor – Biology

Joe received his BS in Marine Biology (1988) and MS in Biology (1993) from California State University Long Beach, and his PhD (1999) in Biology from the Florida Institute of Technology. Following his PhD, Joe received post-doctoral training at Cornell University in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior from 1999-2004, then joined the faculty at UW in 2004.

Below Joe tells us about his investigational plans during his time as Bloedel Scholar:

“My lab is interested in the behavior and neural mechanisms involved in acoustic communication. We use the plainfin midshipman fish (Porichthys notatus) to investigate the adaptive plasticity of the auditory system for social communication. These fish rely on acoustic communication for successful reproduction. As a Bloedel Scholar I plan to investigate the mechanisms of steroid-dependent plasticity of the adult auditory system and sound source localization. I am very excited to have received the Bloedel Scholar Award.”