Yixing, Omar, Selina, Ruth Anne, Hannah, Kazuya, Toni: All Vaccinated and On Deck – spring 2021
April 2023 – Congratulations to Dr. Aravind Govindaraju for his successful thesis defense! (PhD Applied Physics Rice University; advisor Rob Raphael; Thesis: “The Vestibular Hair Cell-Calyx Model: Insights into ion channels, experimental data, and ephaptic transmission in the vestibular epithelium“)
March 2023 – Welcome to new lab member Dr. Marina Kabirova!
Marina recently received her PhD at Ariel University in Israel. Within 2 weeks of her arrival, she patch clamped utricular hair cells!
(easier than getting her social security number…)
January 2023 – “Nonquantal transmission at the vestibular hair cell–calyx synapse: K LV currents modulate fast electrical and slow K + potentials” by Aravind Chenrayan Govindaraju et al. PNAS;
November 2022 – Hannah presents her work on Kv1 channels in utricular hair cells at SfN 2022; PNAS accepts our paper with the Raphael and Lysakowski labs : “Nonquantal Transmission at the Vestibular Hair Cell-Calyx Synapse: K-LV currents Modulate Fast Electrical and Slow K+ Potentials” – thanks especially to modelers Aravind Govindaraju, Imran Quraishi & Rob Raphael, for this realistic and insightful representation of a novel synapse (see the BioRxiv version from a year ago)
August 2022 – Ruth Anne and Hannah spend August teaching at the Biology of the Inner Ear course at MBL in Woods Hole – summer camp for scientists interested in inner ear systems
July 16 2022 – Kazuya departs the lab to start his new job as an Assistant Professor in Osaka University’s Department of Otolaryngology ! Congratulations, Kazuya
June 4, 2022 – Kazuya Ono takes 1st place in his division in the Tohkon Classic 25 & GKJN Cup Judo championship!
May 2022 – Selina Baeza Loya successfully defends her PhD thesis! She will finish up by end of July and in September will start a postdoc on the zebrafish hearing/vestibular research model in David Raible’s group at UW (Seattle).
February – March 2022 – With the help of an MBL award, Hannah visits the Hoppa Lab at Dartmouth to follow up on a project begun in summer 2021 at MBL’s Neurobiology advanced research course
December 2021 – Toni and Omar return to Mexico City to take new academic positions – Congratulations!
November 2021 – A preprint from our collaborators, Aravind Govindaraju & Rob Raphael, shows how fast and slow forms of non-quantal transmission at the type I hair cell-calyx synapse emerge from the combined effects of the calyx shape and low-voltage activated K channels in hair cell and calyx: “A Biophysical Model of Nonquantal Transmission at the Vestibular Hair Cell-Calyx Synapse: KLV currents modulate fast electrical and slow K+ potentials in the synaptic cleft”
July 27, 2021 – Felicidades to Sonya Malavez Cajigas for her acceptance into medical school at the Ponce Health Sciences University in Puerto Rico!
July 2021 – Congratulations to Hannah for attending the Neurobiology advanced research course at MBL
July 15, 2021 – Felicidades to Toni and Omar on their publication: “The differentiation status of hair cells that regenerate naturally in the vestibular inner ear of the adult mouse” doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3127-20.2021, in collaboration with Jenny Stone, Rémy Pujol, and Connor Finkbeiner (University of Washington)
April 12, 2021 – Kudos to Kazuya, who won an award for his research on striolaless mice with Doris Wu! See Ono et al., 2020
July 7, 2020 – Kudos to Kazuya for the acceptance of his second ms. with Doris Wu!
June 15, 2020 – We welcome our newest lab member, Kazuya Ono, who joins us from Doris Wu’s laboratory at NIDCD!
June 13, 2020 – Congratulations to Karolina Simcic on graduating from UChicago with an Honor’s B.S. in Neuroscience, and on admission to a Master’s in Applied Mathematics at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. We will miss you!
May 30th, 2020 – Farewell to Sonya Malavez Cajigas, after 2 years of postbaccalaureate research with us. We miss you already! Sonya is beginning a Master’s in Public Health at University of Puerto Rico’s Medical Sciences Campus.
Apr 3, 2020 – Hannah Martin received the 2020 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship – Congratulations!
Feb, 2020 – Congratulations to our colleague Anna Lysakowski (UIC) for her recognition from the Barany society at their 2020 Satellite Symposium in Granada!
Jul 31, 2019 – Selina Baeza Loya and Ruth Anne received the prestigious Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute: Read here.
Nov 27, 2018 – Congratulations to Ruth Anne for being named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for ‘distinguished contributions’ to the field of neuroscience: Read here.
- WHO World Report on Hearing – launched March 2021