Harvard Medical School
My research goal is to develop breakthrough treatments for sensorineural hearing loss. I am a fellowship-trained neurotologist with MD-PhD training through the Medical Scientist Training Program at Harvard Medical School. My research training began with a pre-doctoral intramural research training award at the NIH in 1997-98, through my PhD thesis work in immunology and genetics with Dr. Frederick Alt at Children’s Hospital, Boston, and most recently during my fellowship in otology and neurotology at MEEI. During my fellowship, I worked with Dr. Michael McKenna and assumed a co-principal investigator role to investigate drug delivery to the mammalian cochlea. Following my fellowship, I transitioned into an independent investigator research position at MEEI in parallel with my clinical appointments at MEEI and HMS. I have developed a fruitful collaboration with Prof. Charles McKenna (no relation) at USC to generate novel bisphosphonate derivatives for the regeneration of cochlear synapses in the setting of noise damage and aging. I am also deeply involved in a multidisciplinary effort to better understand hearing loss in the context of head trauma.