NIDCD Welcomes Dr. Lisa L. Cunningham
Lisa L. Cunningham, Ph.D., has joined the NIDCD Intramural Division as acting chief of the Section on Sensory Cell Biology. Her current research interests build on prior work studying the role of heat shock proteins (HSPs) in protecting hair cells against ototoxic drug–induced hearing loss and hair cell death. At the NIDCD she is leading a team aimed at understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying the protective effects of HSPs, and translating the findings into clinical therapies to prevent hearing loss caused by exposure to ototoxic drugs. Dr. Cunningham received a B.A. and M.A. in audiology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She completed a clinical fellowship in audiology at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis, and received a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Virginia. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in auditory neuroscience at the University of Washington in Seattle and was most recently at the Medical University of South Carolina.