Ph.D., University of Washington
Section on Developmental Neuroscience
The three rows of outer hair cells (OHCs) of the mammalian cochlea are a unique evolutionary development necessary for normal auditory processing. However, little is known about the genes and molecular pathways on how these cells become specified.
I’m currently working on three projects, each one aimed at understanding the role of a candidate gene in inner ear development:
- A transcription factor expressed in maturing OHCs after postnatal age.
- A transforming growth factor receptor responsible for developmental cellular processes expressed in early hair cell differentiation by embryonic age 14.5.
- A transcription factor expressed in the lateral prosensory domain in cells that will differentiate to become support cells or OHCs.