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Research Interests

I have a broad background in molecular cell biology and auditory neuroscience, with specific training and expertise in cochlear aging and hearing loss. My research focuses on the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying sex differences in hearing, mitochondrial function, and aging. I have long-standing interests in elucidating why women hear better than men at most ages.  My work employs electrophysiology, histology, biochemistry, and molecular biology to assess auditory function and cochlear pathology. We use mice as a model system because the mouse inner ear is anatomically similar to that of human and the homologies between the mouse and human genomes are well-established.