Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center

Current Award Recipients

2019-2020 Mini-Grant Awards

Bloedel Affiliate Applicant:
Mary-Claire King, PhD
Professor
Genome Sciences, Medicine
(Medical Genetics)
University of Washington
Proposal Title:
Characterization of a Crispr-Cas9 Mouse Model of ALDOC: A Novel Candidate Gene for Hereditary Human Hearing Loss
Bloedel Affiliate Applicant:
Andrew D. Brown, PhD
Assistant Professor
Speech & Hearing Sciences
University of WashingtonNon-Affiliate Co-Applicant:
John Paul “JP” Giliberto, MD
Assistant Professor
Otolaryngology-HNS
University of Washington

Non-Affiliate Co-Applicant:
Martin T. Nevdahl, MS, CCC-SLP
Director of Clinical Education
Speech & Hearing Sciences
University of Washington

Proposal Title:
Auditory evoked potential recording via the human nasopharynx: Toward objective measurement of binaural interaction in the auditory brainstem
Bloedel Affiliate Applicant:
Olivia Bermingham-McDonogh, PhD
Professor
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 & Assoc Chair of Research
Psychology
University of WashingtonExternal 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

2020 Traveling Scientist Awards

Traveler:
Julian Davis, PhD
Associate Professor
Engineering
University of Southern Indiana
Evanston, INVisit dates:
January 2021 – December 2021
Bloedel Affiliate Collaborator:
Joseph A. Sisneros, PhD
Professor & Assoc Chair of Research
Psychology
University of Washington
Traveler:
G. Christopher Stecker, PhD
Director
Spatial Hearing Lab
Boys Town National Research Hospital
Omaha, NEVisit Dates:
TBD, in 2021
Bloedel Affiliate Collaborator:
Andrew D. Brown, PhD
Assistant Professor
Speech & Hearing Sciences
University of Washington

McKay Faculty Fellow

Jennifer Stone, PhD
Research Professor – Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

Dr. Stone’s winning proposal focuses on advancing her lab’s work with vestibular hair cells, the sensory receptors for our sense of balance. Investigating the structure of proteins, organelles, cells, and tissues is heavily reliant on microscopic imaging. This is a research area of great interest to the McKays, whose specific intention in endowing this fellowship was to support this branch of scientific exploration.

2019-2021 Bloedel Scholar

Joseph A. Sisneros, PhD
Professor & Associate Chair of Research – Psychology
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.”