Kelly joins the lab as a post-doctoral research fellow. She completed her PhD at the University of Washington and her clinical doctorate in audiology (AuD) at Vanderbilt University. Her dissertation work identified age-related differences in auditory neuron density in patients with cochlear implants, using non-invasive psychophysical and electrophysiological techniques. She joins the Polley Lab to study changes in central auditory processing following peripheral damage and novel auditory rehabilitation strategies in humans.
Everyone takes a break from the lab to celebrate the holidays and show off their culinary skills. Blaise makes fondue, Dongqin teaches how to make traditional Chinese dumplings, and so much more. There is no shortage of leftovers to be enjoyed for the next week.
Dongqin Cai received her Ph.D. degree in 2018 from Tsinghua University of Beijing, in China, where she investigated the synaptic and circuit mechanisms of thalamo-cortical pathway. Using in-vivo patch clamp recording, she found the critical role of inhibition in the maturation of temporal processing in auditory cortex. With monosynaptic virus tracing, she established the whole-brain connection for non-lemniscal auditory thalamus. Her postdoctoral research now focuses on the neurobiology of hyperexcitable brain circuits from synapses to perception.
Yurika joins the lab with a Bachelors in neuroscience from Boston University. During her undergraduate studies, she worked in the Ling Lab, studying visual neuroscience. Yurika was part of a project studying the distinction of neural mechanisms between visual perception and visual memory representations in humans. Joining the Polley lab, Yurika is excited to start studying a different sensory system. She will assist in multiple projects as a research technician for the lab. She is excited to learn and apply the newest methods of animal research to study the mechanisms behind auditory... Read more about Yurika Watanabe joins the lab!
Matt McGill in a 2nd year PhD student in the Program in Neuroscience at Harvard. He studied neurobiology at Harvard College and worked in Dr. Venkatesh Murthy's lab modeling insect olfactory-guided navigation. In the Polley lab, Matt is interested in the mechanisms of increased central gain following noise-induced hearing loss.