Faculty and Advisors

Geoffrey Abbott
Professor, Physiology and Biophysics
Interests: Ion channels and solute transporters in the inner ear and auditory neurons, CNS, cardiovascular system and epithelial tissues; therapeutic modulation by natural and synthetic small molecules; channelopathies

Ender Ayanoglu
Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Biomedical Engineering
Interests: Audio signal processing and microphone arrays

Bruce G. Berg
Associate Professor, Cognitive Sciences
Interests: Audition, auditory attention, psychophysics of complex sounds, computational models of hearing, mathematical modeling

Alyssa Brewer
Associate Professor, Cognitive Sciences
Interests: neuroimaging of visual perception, visual deficits, neurological disorders

Anne L. Calof
Professor, Anatomy & Neurobiology
Interests: Molecular analysis of nervous system development and regeneration using transgenic mouse models, neural stem cells

Charlie Chubb
Professor, Cognitive Sciences
Interests: visual texture perception, camouflage, mathematical modeling of sensory processes, visual-motor interactions, auditory perception of tonality

Karina S. Cramer
Professor , Neurobiology & Behavior
Interests: Nervous system development; development and plasticity of auditory brainstem pathways

Sarah C. Creel
Professor, UC San Diego Cognitive Science
Interests: Language development, word recognition, eye tracking, cognitive control, music perception

Hamid Djalilian
Professor, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery
Interests: Cochlear implants, acoustic neuroma, chronic ear disease, facial nerve and skull base conditions

Wei Dong
Associate Research Professor, Department of Otolaryngology & Head and Neck Surgery, Loma Linda University Health, Loma Linda, CA
Interests: Signal processing of sound in the ear under normal and pathological conditions

Julia Drouin
Assistant Professor of Audiology, California State University Fullerton
Interests: Speech perception, perceptual learning, cochlear implants, signal processing

Michael D’Zmura
Professor, Cognitive Sciences
Interests: Vision, hearing, language, attention, speech, brain imaging, brain-computer interfaces, multimodal processing

Mary Fagan
Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Chapman University, Irvine, CA
Interests: Vocalization and exploration in hearing, deaf, and cochlear-implanted infants; Speech sound disorders

Norbert Fortin
Associate Professor, Neurobiology and Behavior
Interests: The role of the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex in the memory for sequences of events, as well as their functional interactions with associated structures

Ron Frostig
Professor, Neurobiology and Behavior
Interests: Sensory neocortex: structure, function and plasticity

Harinath Garudadri
Researcher, UCSD Qualcomm Institute
Interests: Self fitting hearing aids; Open source speech coding

Kim Green
Associate Professor, Neurobiology and Behavior
Interests: The roles of microglia in the homeostatic brain, as well as their contributions to disease and injury, particularly in Alzheimer’s disease

Gregory S. Hickok
Professor, Cognitive Sciences
Interests: Neuroanatomy of language, neural plasticity, neuroimaging, cognitive neuroscience

Leonard M. Kitzes
Professor, Anatomy & Neurobiology
Interests: Physiology and anatomy of brainstem auditory system, developmental determinants of brainstem auditory system structure and function, auditory cortex function and structure

Judith F. Kroll
Professor, Language Sciences
Interests: Bilingualism, neural and cognitive changes in language learning and bilingualism, neuroplasticity

Marjorie R. Leek
Research Professor, Loma Linda University Medical Center Dept. of Otolaryngology & Head/Neck Surgery
Interests: Perception of complex sounds and speech by normal-hearing and hearing-impaired individuals; speech recognition in noise; modeling the auditory system; auditory attention; comparative auditory processes across species

Hongzhe Li
Associate Research Professor, VA Loma Linda University Medical Center Dept. of Otolaryngology & Head/Neck Surgery
Interests: Inner ear protection, damage and repair, from a variety of ototoxic insults, including but not limited to noise, aminoglycoside antibiotics and antineoplastic cisplatin

Harrison Lin
Assistant Professor, Otology, Neurotology & Skull Base Surgery
Interests: Cochlear implants and other auditory prostheses, acoustic neuroma, chronic ear disease, facial nerve disorders, balance disorders, tinnitus, hearing loss

Brenda L Lonsbury-Martin (Member Emeritus)
Research Professor, Loma Linda University Medical Center Dept. of Otolaryngology & Head/Neck Surgery
Interests: Generation sources of otoacoustic emissions; intracochlear activity; pathophysiology and histopathology of cochlea

Gyorgy Lur
Assistant Professor, Neurobiology & Behavior
Interests: Neuronal signal integration; from synaptic function to multimodal decision making

David Lyon
Associate Professor, Anatomy & Neurobiology
Interests: Visual cortex, neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, rabies virus, inhibitory neurons

Raju Metherate
Professor, Neurobiology & Behavior
Interests: Neurophysiology, synaptic physiology of auditory cortex

John Middlebrooks
Professor, Depts. of Otolaryngology, Neurobiology & Behavioral, Cognitive Sciences, and Biomedical Engineering
Interests: Hearing research, neurophysiology, psychophysics, auditory prosthesis, computational neuroscience; auditory cortex

Lisa Pearl
Associate Professor, Cognitive Sciences
Interests: Language Development, Computational & Mathematical Modeling, Natural Language Processing

Elizabeth Peña
Professor, Education
Interests: bilingualism, language impairment, language development, assessment bias & measurement

Jill Preminger
Professor, Audiology, San Diego State University
Interests: Adult audiologic rehabilitation using both quantitative and qualitative methods

Khaleel A. Razak
Associate Professor, Psychology, UC Riverside
Interests: Cortical mechanisms of sound localization, cortical plasticity during aging and hearing loss, mechanisms underlying auditory cortical processing deficits in Fragile X Syndrome

Virginia Richards
Professor, Cognitive Sciences
Interests: Auditory perception and cognition, and human psychophysics

Edwin W. Rubel
Virginia Merrill Bloedel Professor of Hearing Science, Prof. of Otolaryngology -Head and Neck Surgery, Physiology and Biophysics, Univ. Washington
Interests: Auditory physiology and development, genetic and small molecule studies to prevent hair cell loss and stimulate hair cell regeneration

Kourosh Saberi
Professor, School of Social Sciences
Interests: Cortical neuroscience, Computational neuroscience, Music and Hearing, Behavioral genetics

Aaron Seitz
Professor, Social Sciences, UC Riverside
Interests: Mechanisms of learning and memory using behavioral, computational and neuroscientific methodologies

Ramesh Srinivasan
Professor and Chair, Cognitive Sciences
Interests: Cognitive neuroscience, brain development, consciousness, perception, EEG, brain dynamics

Arnold Starr
Research Professor, Neurology, Neurobiology & Behavior, Cognitive Sciences
Interests: Auditory neuropathy, neurological disorders affecting cognition, sensation and motor behaviors

William Tang
Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Chemical Engineering & Materials Science, and Integrated Nanosystems Research Facility
Interests: microscale and nanoscale engineering for information technology and biomedical sciences, signal processing single-cell physiology

Jon Venezia
Assistant Research Professor, Otolaryngology, Loma Linda University
Interests: speech and language processing, acoustic analysis, speech signal processing, audio signal processing

Brian J.F. Wong
Professor, Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery, Biomedical Engineering
Interests: cartilage reshaping, optical imaging, tissue engineering, laser ablation, facial plastic surgery

Marcelo Wood
Professor, Neurobiology and Behavior
Interests: The epigenetic mechanisms necessary for long-lasting forms of synaptic plasticity, long-term memory, and drug-seeking behavior

Jack Xin
Professor, Mathematics
Interests: Partial differential equations, asymptotic analysis, scientific computation, fronts in heterogeneous media, ear modeling, sound signal processing

Xiangmin Xu
Associate Professor, Anatomy & Neurobiology
Interests: Neural circuitry, neurobiology of sensory perception, learning and memory, epilepsy

Fan-Gang Zeng
Professor, Otolaryngology, Anatomy and Neurobiology, Biomedical Engineering, and Cognitive Sciences
Interests: Cochlear implant, tinnitus, auditory neuroscience, psychophysics, speech perception, auditory neuropathy

Advisory Board

Bishnu Atal, Ph.D.
Retired Technical Director of Bell Labs and Research Professor at University of Washington, Member of NAS and NAE

Ping Helen Chen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Cell Biology, Emory University

Brent Edwards, Ph.D.
Director of the National Acoustic Laboratories in Sydney, Australia

Xi Eric Lin, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Emory University

Richard Miyamoto, M.D.,
Former Professor and Chairman of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Indiana University of Medicine, President of the American Academy of Otolaryngology, President of the Association of Academic Departments of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and President of the American Neurotology Society, Member of IOM and Royal Society

Peter Narins, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Physiological Science and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, UCLA

Neil Segil, Ph.D.
Professor of Research Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine
Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Linda H. Smith, RN, BSN, PHN.
CEO for Providence Speech and Hearing Center
Newport Language and Speech Centers

Thomas C. K. Yuen
Chief Executive Officer and Director, PrimeGen Biotech LLC. Santa Ana, CA (UCI Medal and Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient)

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