People

We have a wealth of experience across seven labs, combining expertise from a range of disciplines. If you are interested in discussing potential opportunities for study within our labs, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Marcotti lab

Walter Marcotti

Professor Walter Marcotti

Professor of Sensory Neuroscience
Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator

Development and function of mammalian cochlear hair cells

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In the Marcotti lab, we use mammalian and zebrafish models to elucidate how the auditory system develops and functions. Our research is also aimed at understanding the cause of deafness and age-related hearing loss and to develop therapeutic approaches to restore hearing.

Federico Ceriani

Dr Federico Ceriani

Post Doctoral Research Associate

Calcium signalling in the developing auditory system

Jing-Yi Jeng

Dr Jing-Yi Jeng

Post Doctoral Research Associate

Ageing of mammalian cochlear hair cells

Piece Yen

Piece Yen

PhD student

Development of the auditory circuitry

Anna Underhill

Anna Underhill

PhD student

Studying the role of Myo7a in mechanoelectrical transduction

Hubashia Gazanfar Rizvi

Hubashia Gazanfar Rizvi

PhD student

Functional maturation of hair cells

Fanbo Kong

Fanbo Kong

PhD student

Studying synaptic transmission at adult ribbon synapses

Ana E Amariutei

Ana E Amariutei

PhD student

Restoring hearing using gene-based therapy

Adam Calton

Adam Calton

PhD student

Role of actin binding proteins in hair bundle function

Francesca De Faveri

Dr Francesca De Faveri

Post Doctoral Research Associate

Adaptive responses of afferent neurons in zebrafish lateral line

Samuel Webb

Samuel Webb

Post Doctoral Research Associate

Unravelling the roles of Myo7a in mechanoelectrical transduction

Andrew O'Connor

Andrew O’Connor

PhD student

Efferent re-innervation in the ageing mammalian cochlea

Moushtaq Kheradmandi

Laila Moushtaq-Kheradmandi

Research Technician

Past members

Maria Pakendorf

Maria Pakendorf

Laboratory technician

Managing Marcotti’s lab

Rivolta lab

Marcelo Rivolta

Professor Marcelo Rivolta

Professor of Sensory Stem Cell Biology

Auditory stem cells, inner ear repair

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In the Rivolta lab, we are using stem cells to replace those that connect the ear with the brain. We are also exploring their potential use with cochlear implants. This is because sensory cells in our ears are meant to last a lifetime; when they are lost we become permanently deaf.

Daniela Cacciabue

Dr Daniela Cacciabue

Research Assistant
Associate University Teacher

Studying the differentiation of transplanted human otic progenitors in vivo

Dr Leila Abbas

Post Doctoral Research Associate

Studying transplanted human otic progenitors and their interaction with the host

Dr Ae-Ri Ji

Post Doctoral Research Associate

Exploring the differentiation of human otic progenitors in vitro

Matthew Farr

WT Clinical Research Fellow
PhD student

S Exploring the application of cell therapies for vestibular hypofunction

Kistina Mohamed

Developing in vitro models for the human inner ear

Nikolaev lab

Anton Nikolaev

Dr Anton Nikolaev

Lecturer in Neuroscience

Visual information processing in the central nervous system

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In the Nikolaev lab, we are interested in understanding how the auditory and visual information from the outside world are combined and compared in the brain to allow animals to perform day-to-day tasks, such as localisation of moving objects and social interaction.

Sandra Toledo-Rivera

Sandra Toledo-Rivera

PhD student

Learning and memory, In vivo brain imaging, behaviour, visual system processing

Elliot Birkett

Elliot Birkett

PhD student

Integration on visual and olfactory information in the zebrafish brain

Mustapha lab

Dr Mirna Mustapha

Dr Mirna Mustapha

MRC Senior Fellow

Noise and age-related hearing impairment

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In the Mustapha lab, we are investigating how loud noise and aging affect the survival of the nerve fibres that connect the ear with the brain. Understanding why these nerve fibres become vulnerable, will help us to develop a strategy to prevent hearing loss.

Lara DeTomasi

Dr Lara DeTomasi

Post-doc in Mustapha lab

Investigating the molecular and functional heterogeneity of the auditory neurons at the single cell level

Catherine Gennnery

Catherine Gennery

Research Technician

Milo lab

Dr Marta Milo

Lecturer in Computational Biology

Computational biology applied to the inner ear

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In the Milo lab, we combine mathematics and basic biology to identify the mechanisms leading to deafness and different forms of hearing loss such as those occurring during ageing. The tools I develop help to define new lines of investigation in preventing and ameliorating deafness.

Johnson lab

Stuart Johnson

Dr Stuart Johnson

Royal Society University Research Fellow

Signalling characteristics of cochlear hair cells

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In the Johnson lab, we investigate how sound information in the ear are sent to the brain, so we can have an exact representation of the world around us. We are also interested in the understanding of the regenerative potentials of the mammalian auditory organ.

Corns lab

Laura Corns

Dr Laura Corns

Associate University Teacher

Age-related changes in the auditory pathway

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In the Corns lab, we want to understand how nerves from the brain communicate with sensory cells within the ear and how this communication changes with age. Our overall aim is to determine whether this communication can be manipulated to protect our ears from age-related hearing loss.

Whitfield lab

Professor Tanya Whitfield

Professor of Developmental Biology

Development of vertebrate sensory systems

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