Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center


Working Together So All Might Hear

More than 40 million people in the U.S. suffer from a communication disorder, with hearing loss being the most prevalent and costly. Hearing, balance and other communication disorders (such as those of speech, voice and language) impact the lives of patients of all ages. Solving these challenges requires the collaboration of top scientists in many fields, and the University of Washington possesses just such a multidisciplinary center in the Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center (VMBHRC). With a worldwide reputation for its innovative, interdisciplinary approach, the Bloedel Center has become one of the largest research groups in these fields in North America.

The Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center incorporates faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering and the School of Medicine.

Our Affiliates hold professional appointments in the following University of Washington departments:
Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine
Applied Mathematics
Biological Structure
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Medical Genetics
Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Physiology and Biophysics Psychology
Radiology Speech & Hearing Sciences
Many Affiliates also play roles in these other cross-disciplinary UW organizations:
Center on Human Development and Disability
Graduate Program in Neuroscience
Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences


Labs based in the Bloedel Center:

Drennan Lab Horn Lab Rubelab
Rubinstein Lab Phillips Lab Stone Lab
Digital Microscopy Center (DMC)

Overview of Research Projects Directly Hosted at the Center

Affiliate Labs at the University of Washington:

Les Atlas
Interactive Systems Design Lab (ISDL)
Barria Lab Brenowitz Lab
Tanya Eadie
Vocal Function Lab
Ione Fine
Vision & Cognition Group (VisCog)
Hume Lab
Adrian KC Lee
Lab for Auditory Brain Sciences & Neuroengineering
Perkel Lab Pujol Lab
Raible Lab Reh Lab Todd L. Richards
Integrated Brain Imaging Center (IBIC)
Eric Shea-Brown
Neuron Dynamics Working Group
Sisneros Lab Kelly Tremblay
Brain and Behavior Lab