Mentoring Activity

Physician Residents mentored:

  • Carron, Michael, M.D., "Noise-induced hyperactivity in the dorsal cochlear nucleus and its relation to outer hair cell loss: relevance to  tinnitus". Completed 2005.  Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, WSU
  • Michael Hoa, M.D., "Tonotopic properties in the inferior colliculus following multichannel electrical stimulation of the dorsal cochlear nucleus". Completed 2006.  Successfully matched the competitive and prestigious Otology/Neuro-otology Fellowship program at House Ear Institute, Los Angeles, CA. The whole department of Otolaryngology is very proud of this achievement. This successful case set a role model among many other residents.
  • Johnny Mao, M.D., "Blast-induced tinnitus and hearing loss". Completed 2007.
  • Kelvin Kwong, M.D., "Mechanisms Underlying Acoustic Masking of Tinnitus". Completed 2009.
  • Javan Nation, M.D., "Comparative electrical stimulation of the dorsal and ventral cochlear nucleus in rats". Completed 2010.
  • Ross Mayerhoff, M.D., "Effects of enhanced acoustic environment on noise-induced tinnitus in rats: an electrophysiological measure along auditory axis". 2011.
  • Gregory Kruper, M.D., "Therapeutic effects of enhanced acoustic environment on noise-induced tinnitus and its neural correlates in auditory and limbic structures". 2011.
  • Sagar Patel, M.D., "Blast- and concussion-induced tinnitus and related TBI", 2013
  • Michael Chen, M.D. "Cochlear electrical stimulation to suppress tinnitus in rats", 2014.
  • Amar Gupta, M.D. "Cochlear chemical modulation to suppress tinnitus in rats", 2015-2016.
  • Jonathan Waxman, M.D., Ph.D., "TNF-alpha related therapy in humans, 2016-2017
  • Tedean Green, M.D. "TNF-alpha related therapy in humans, 2016-2017
  • Thai-Duong Cung, M.D. "Therapeutic effects of PLX3397 on blast-induced tinnitus", 2016-2017

Participated in mentoring MD Residents 1999- 

  • Sam Bahu, M.D., "Expression of c-fos in the dorsal cochlear nucleus as a function of stimulus frequency in the hamster". Completed 1999. He is now an attending physician in the Dept of Otolaryngology, St. Joseph Hospital.
  • John Rachel, M.D., "Cisplatin induced hyperactivity in the DCN: relation to outer hair cell loss", Completed 1999. He is practicing in Chicago area.
  • Alex Kim, M.D., "Fos-like immunoreactivity (FLI) in auditory and non-auditory brain structures of hamsters previously exposed to intense sound exposure". Completed 2000. He is practicing in Chicago area.
  • Mark Zacharek, M.D., "Effects of cochlear ablation on noise induced hyperactivity in the hamster dorsal cochlear nucleus: implications for the origin of noise induced tinnitus". Completed 2002. He served as an attending physician in the Dept of Otolaryngology, Henry Ford Health System. He is now a faculty in the Dept of Otolaryngology, University of Michigan.

Medical Students mentored 2004- 

  • Ilaaf Darrat, "Effects of conductive hearing loss on sound-induced hyperactivity in the dorsal cochlear nucleus", 2004. Matched Otolaryngology Residency Program, Henry Ford Health System. She is now an attending physician at Henry Ford Health System.
  • Mahdi Shkoukani, "Neural response properties in the dorsal cochlear nucleus using ultra-speed real time optical imaging with voltage sensitive dyes", 2005. Matched Otolaryngology Residency Program, WSU.
  • Chris Lam, "Cortical electrical modulation of neural activity in the inferior colliculus and dorsal cochlear nucleus", 2007.
  • Thomas Willis, "Auditory brainstem implants", 2009. Matched Anesthesia Residency Program - Pennsylvania State University.
  • Hassan Beydoun, "Auditory cortex electrical suppression of tinnitus & Auditory brainstem implants", 2009. He is 4th year medical student at WSU.
  • Hamza Malek, "Auditory brainstem implants – behavioral assay". Completed, 2009. He is 3rd year medical student at WSU. Matched Neurology residency program at Northwestern University in 2013.
  • Kia Jones, "Short latency forward inhibition in the ascending auditory pathways". Completed, 2010.  Matched Otolaryngology residency program - University of Indiana.
  • Gulrez Tahir Mahmood, "Mechanisms underlying noise-induced tinnitus". Initiated September, 2011. Gulrez, a 2nd year student, is committed to take one year off to conduct research in my lab.
  • Houmehr Hojjat, "Therapeutic effects of enhanced acoustic environment on noise-induced tinnitus". Initiated May, 2012.
  • Nicholas Lannen, "Pharmacotherapeutic Therapy of Tinnitus". Initiated May, 2012.
  • Michael Bobian, "Changes in Limbic Structures of Rats with Blast and Concussion-Induced Tinnitus". May, 2014.
  • Remi Hamel, "Auditory Changes in Blast-Induced Tinnitus", May, 2014.
  • Sachin Gandhi, "Neurosynchrony and Phase Changes along the Auditory Pathways in Rats with Noise-Induced Tinnitus and Hearing Loss", May, 2014.
  • Bora M Agabigum, "Wireless electrophysiology", May-August, 2016.
  • Jeremy A Grekin, "Blast-induced changes in the cochlea", May-August, 2016.
  • Latoya Jeanpierre, "Mechanisms and Treatment of Tinnitus", December, 2017
  • Alezandera Zetye, "Behavioral testing for tinnitus", Summer, 2018
  • Manik Tetarbe, "Neural mechanisms of tinnitus", Summer, 2018

Audiology Graduate (Au.D.) Students mentored, 2004- 

  • Laurau Suau, "Electrical suppression of tinnitus related neural activity in the dorsal cochlear nucleus", 2004.
  • Brooke Comartin, "Electrical stimulation to suppress tinnitus related neural activity in the dorsal cochlear nucleus", 2005.
  • Kellie Williams, "Electrical suppression of tinnitus related neural activity in the dorsal cochlear nucleus", 2005.
  • Virginia Ramachandran, "Optical imaging study of neural activity in the dorsal cochlear nucleus", 2004-2005.
  • Paige Pierozynski, "Investigation of noise/blast induced tinnitus using behavioral and MRI imaging assays", Completed, 2008.
  • Kristen Darga, (Kristen Kowalski after marriage), "Treating Tinnitus with Electro-Acupuncture", 2008-2010.
  • Christine A. Ouellette, "Neuro-modulation to suppress tinnitus", 2009.
  • Rita Starostenko, "Acoustic masking of tinnitus", 2009.
  • Lyndsay Bobak, "Blast induced tinnitus and hearing – behavioral and MRI imaging assays". 2009.
  • Lyndsay Bobak, "Testing Methods and Device for Electrical Hearing". 2009-2010.
  • Elizabeth Fornero, "Effects of electroacupuncture on tinnitus suppression", 2010-2011.
  • Lauren Kassa, "Noise and blast-induced tinnitus and related traumatic brain injury", 2014-2015
  • Stephanie Palazzolo, "Mechanisms of tinnitus-morphology", 2015
  • Shelby K Swafford, "Mechanisms of noise-induced tinnitus", 2015
  • Lena Jamal, "Laser-induced therapeutic effects on hearing in rats", 2015-2016

Ph.D. Students mentored:  2006-

  • Brian Murphy, "Biocompatibility study of aluminum nitride electrodes". (Co-mentored): completed, 2008. Currently a Research Scientist in Eaton Peabody Lab, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School.
  • Saida Parveen Evon, "Biocompatibility study of implantable device". (Ph.D. Committee member): ongoing. Department of Biomedical Engineering, 2008- present.
  • Na Zhu, "Locating and exacting acoustic and neural stimulus". (Ph.D. Committee member): ongoing. Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2009- present. Successfully defended on Dec 5th, 2011.
  • Jill Jamison, "Mechanisms of Persistent Translation Arrest Following Global Brain Ischemia and Reperfusion" (Advisor, Dr. Don DeGracia),  (Ph.D. Committee member) Departments of Physiology. Successfully defended on Dec 21st, 2011.
  • Jessica Ouyang, "Effects of anesthetic on tinnitus neural correlates". (Advisor/mentor): Departments of Otolaryngology & Physiology, 2009-2013. Graduated in 2013.
  • Hongen Tu, "Flexible MEMS Devices: A Novel Technology to Fabricate Flexible Electronics" (Ph.D. Committee member, Advisor, Dr. Yong Xu). 2011-2014
  • Leslie Parent, "Detection of Auditory Nerve Compression in Children with Syndromic and Non-Sydromic Craniosynopstosis".  (Advisor/Mentor). 2012-2014
  • Eric Kim, "Development Of Advanced Multifunctional Neural Interface Devices" (Ph.D. Committee member, Advisor, Dr. Yong Xu). 2012-2016
  • Xiuyuan Liang, "Role of TNF-alpha in noise- and blast-induced tinnitus" (Advisor/mentor). 2015-
  • Otman Ali Awin, "Computational modeling of tinnitus", 2016-
  • Soumya Venkitakrishnan, "Blast-induced tinnitus", 2016-
  • Diane Prieskorn, Repurposed therapeutics for blast induced tinnitus (Technology development), 4-2018.
  • Heidi Slagger, "Mechanisms of Cochlear Electrical Stimulation-Induced Tinnitus", June 14th, 2017 - 

Postdoc Scientists mentored: 2005-  

  • Jing Ning, Ph.D., "Develop fiber optic brain interface", 2008-2009. He is now a Research Assistant Professor at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University.
  • Zhenlong Guan, Ph.D., "Electrical suppression of tinnitus related activity", 2005-2007. He is a full professor and has moved back to China and further conducted his research in the field of tinnitus.
  • Jinling Hou, M.S., M.D., "Auditory brainstem implants", 2008.
  • Yanlin Lei, Ph.D., "Role of the Amygdala and Its Relationship to Auditory Structures in Tinnitus", 2010-2011.
  • Hao Luo, Ph.D., "Blast induced tinnitus and its related traumatic brain injury", 2010-present.
  • Zhigang Mei, Ph.D., "Electroacupuncture to treat tinnitus", 2012, Associate Professor in China.
  • Ayeshah Sarfaraz, "Mechanisms of blast-induced tinnitus", 2016-2017.
  • Bin Liu, M.D., Ph.D., "Blast-induced tinnitus and related TBI", "Biocompatibility studies of neural implantable devices", 2013-

Research Assistants mentored: 2005-  

  • Jonathan Dunford, B.S. "Auditory brainstem implants", 2006-2008. He was accepted to the competitive Health Care Management MBA program at University of Michigan in 2008. During working in my lab, he has received interview invitations from other prestigious institutions such as Northwest University, University Virginia, Duke University. 
  • Yu-Peng Zhang, M.S. "Auditory brainstem implants and cortical electrical suppression of tinnitus", 2009-2010.
  • Phillip Doyle, B.S. "Auditory cortex electrical stimulation suppresses tinnitus", 2010-2011.
  • Edward Pace, B.S. "Blast-induced auditory and non-auditory neurological disorders – behavioral and MRI imaging assays", 2009-present.
  • Laura Lepczyk, B.A. "Mechanisms underlying noise-induced tinnitus", 2010-2013.
  • Tonya Whitehead, B.S., M.S. "Noise-induced tinnitus", 2011 – 2012
  • Xinming Wang, B.S, M.S., "Blast-induced tinnitus", 2015-2016
  • Sayed Ahmed, M.S. student assistant. "Neural Signal Processing", 2017-
  • Ethan Firestone, M.S. "Thalamocortical dynamics and correlative consciousness", 4-2017 -

Undergraduate Students mentored: 2005 -  

  • Advisor for Edward Pace from Initiatives for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD) program, starting Winter 2005. Project titles:  
         i) "Auditory brainstem responses to multichannel electrical stimulation of the dorsal cochlear nucleus of rats".        Completed 2007.
        ii) "Blast-induced tinnitus and hearing loss – behavioral assay".  Completed 2007.
       iii) "Blast-induced tinnitus and hearing loss – MRI imaging assay".  Completed 2008.
       iv) "Blast-induced auditory and non-auditory neurological disorders – behavioral and MRI imaging assays" (Honor research project), Completed 2009.
  • Anita Daxesh Patel, "Auditory brainstem implants – electrophysiology" (Honor research project). Completed 2008.
  • Hamza Malek, "Auditory brainstem implants – behavioral assay". 2009. He has been accepted to Wayne State University School of Medicine in 2009.
  • Christie Cheng, "Behavioral testing of tinnitus in rats". 2010 Summer. From the University of Michigan, will pursue medicine.
  • Laura Lepczyk, "Behavioral testing of tinnitus in rats". 2010 - 2013. Graduated from Northwestern University Pre-Med program and will pursue medicine.
  • Dylan Oreilly, "Behavioral testing of tinnitus in rats". 2011 - 2011. Undergraduate student from Boston University Pre-Med program and will pursue medicine.
  • Anika Meggo, "Investigate noise-induced tinnitus". 2012-present. Advisor for Anika from Initiatives for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD) program.
  • Maricel Gener, "Blast-induced tinnitus", "Electrical stimulation to suppress tinnitus", 2014-2016.
  • Mehdi Bassam Swaid, "Novel behavioral assessment of tinnitus", 2016-

Senior Research Scientist mentored: 2007-2014

  • Xueguo Zhang, M.S., M.D., "Auditory cortex electrical suppression of tinnitus & Auditory brainstem implants", 2007-2014.

Junior Faculty mentored: 2012-present

  • Robert Hong, M.D., Ph.D., Otologist/Neurotologist, Associate Professor, Wayne State University - Otolaryngology, "Cochlear electrical stimulation to suppress tinnitus in humans", 2012-2015
  • Syed Ahsan, M.D., Otologist/Neurotologist, Assistant Professor, Henry Ford Health System - Otolaryngology, "Brain stimulation to sup.press tinnitus in humans", 2014-2017.
  • Linda Zhu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Department of Computer Science, Engineering & Physics, University of Michigan – Flint, "Neurocomputation to elucidate tinnitus & Career Development", 2015-present.
  • Hua Ou, M.D., Ph.D., Instructor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences "Career Development", 2017-present.