Hearing Research

Hearing Research Training Opportunities

The Hearing Research Group provides broad training in the field of auditory neuroscience. Working in our laboratories enables students to apply Molecular, Cellular, Computational, Behavioral, and Systems approaches to the study of the auditory system, and to integrate across these various approaches, in both humans and in animal models.

Contact individual faculty for more information on graduate or postdoctoral training opportunities:

  • Neural circuits underlying emotional vocal communication ( Jeff Wenstrup)
  • Drug and gene therapies for hearing loss and tinnitus ( Jianxin Bao)
  • Neural mechanisms underlying tinnitus, and potential therapies ( Alex Galazyuk)
  • Mechanisms of neurotransmission underlying auditory processing ( Yong Lu)
  • Auditory perception and learning during adolescence ( Julia Huyck)
  • Age-related changes in auditory neural circuits ( Jeff Mellott)
  • Age-related factors that impact speech perception (Dr. Bruna Mussoi)
  • Effects of stress and hearing loss on auditory perception and neural circuits ( Merri Rosen)
  • Neuroanatomical and neurochemical analysis of auditory circuitry ( Brett Schofield)
  • Cellular properties of neurons that support sound localization ( Bradley Winters)


Train with us

Graduate training is offered via enrollment in Masters or PhD programs at NEOMED (IPM) or Kent State University (BMS Neuroscience; Speech Pathology & Audiology), with research conducted with Hearing Research Group faculty on either campus.

Detailed information on available courses:


Auditory Neurobiology Journal Club

Our weekly Journal Clubs provide the opportunity for all pre-doctoral and post-doctoral trainees to refine their presentation skills. Each semester, trainees present either their own data, grant proposal ideas, or journal articles, inevitably eliciting lively discussions in the group. Presentations are followed by debriefing sessions by the trainees and one faculty member, providing critical feedback to help refine future presentations.

Seminar Series

Our weekly seminar series hosts researchers in auditory and other areas of neuroscience.


We use a wide range of experimental techniques:

  • In vivo electrophysiology
    • Multi-channel recordings from behaving animals
    • Intracellular recordings from awake animals
    • Extracellular recordings from awake animals
    • Recordings in conjunction with optogenetic manipulation
  • Optogenetics
  • In vitro electrophysiology (brain slices)
    • Two-photon microscopy
    • Conventional patch-clamp
    • Calcium imaging
  • Behavioral measures of auditory perception
    • Operant conditioning
    • Acoustic startle
  • Confocal microscopy
  • Two-photon microscopy
  • Electron microscopy
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Neural connectivity analysis via tract tracing and other sexy techniques



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Merri Rosen, Ph.D.
Director, Hearing Research Group
Phone: 330.325.6516
Email: mrosen@neomed.edu

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