Research Areas

Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences Research Areas

The Department of Otolaryngology and Communicative Sciences' Division of Research includes both basic science and clinical research pursuits in otolaryngology. The Division of Research has received over $10 million in NIH funding since 2001 and is currently a Top 25 NIH-funded Otolaryngology department.

Basic Sciences

Vestibular Sciences

  • Dr. Wu Zhou
    Dr. Zhou's research examines the neural mechanisms of sensorimotor transformation in the vestibular system. In particular, he studies how the cortical and subcortical brain structures generate compensatory eye movements to stabilize gaze during active and passive head movements. In collaboration with Dr. Hong Zhu and Dr. William Mustain, Dr. Zhou is investigating the neural mechanisms underlying vestibular-evoked myogenic potentials (VEMP).

Hearing Sciences

The hearing sciences research at UMC is dedicated to identifying methods to understand, prevent, and treat auditory pathology.

  • Dr. Brad Walters
  • Dr. Christopher Spankovich
    Dr. Spankovich's performs basic research with a translational emphasis in understanding noise-induced pathology and prevention of acquired forms of hearing loss.