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Global Center for Hearing and Speech Research

The Global Center for Hearing & Speech Research is a focal point of hearing, speech and deafness research, including ties with the Departments of Communication Sciences & Disorders, Chemical & Biomedical Engineering, and School of Aging Studies. The Center clinicians and researchers have diverse backgrounds and expertise at multiple levels: research scientists, visiting scholars, postdoctoral fellows, research audiologists, technicians, and students. Through the Center's faculty and trainees, affiliations and collaborations involving the Center represent distinct and varied professional disciplines within the University, across the country, and internationally.

Current Trainees & Staff

Dr. Robert Frisina

Name Status Lab Location Project
Sayantani Adhikary Florida High School Student USF Genetic Analyses Changes in the Aging Auditory System
Parveen Bazzard, M.S. Ph.D. Student in Chemical Eng USF Novel Methodologies for Nano-particle Stimulation of the Auditory and Somatosensory Systems
Carlos Cruz USF Undergraduate in Chemical Engineering USF Aging Auditory System: Anatomical and Physiological Deficits
Joseph Dituri M.S. Ph.D. Student in Biomedical Eng USF Cardiac and Respiratory Physiology Monitoring
Nicole Febles, M.S. Ph.D. Student in Biomedical Eng USF Tissue Engineering Approaches to Treating Hearing Loss & Deafness
Karim Hamidi M.S. Ph.D. Student in Biomedical Eng USF Physiology of Sodium and Potassium Cell Membrane Channels
Rebecca Henry USF Undergraduate in Chemical Engineering USF Physiological Age Changes in Auditory Processing
Ashley Hinton, Au.D. Student in Communication Sciences & Disorders USF Age-Related Hearing Loss in Animal Models
Jared Hirschfield Florida High School Honors Student USF Neuroscience and Behavioral Investigations of Age-Related Hearing Loss
Harish Kumar, B.S. USF Masters Student in Biomedical Engineering USF Ion Channels Modulated with Hormone Therapy
James Ledbetter Univ. S. Carolina Undergrad in Biomedical Engineering USF Photonic Stimulation of Nerve Cells
Carlos Lodeiro USF Undergraduate in Chemical Engineering USF Laser/Nanoparticle Stimulation of Nerve Cells
Alexander Malone, M.D. USF Surgical Resident in Otolaryngology USF Molecular Biological Bases of Hearing Loss
Lauren Mannix USF Undergraduate in Chemical Engineering USF Molecular Pathway Alterations in the Aging Auditory System
Elizabeth Schaefer USF Undergraduate in Chemical Engineering USF Neural Changes Characteristic of Presbycusis
Alaa Taha USF Undergraduate in Chemical Engineering USF Neural Changes in Age-Related Auditory Processing
Chandler Walton USF Undergraduate in Chemical Engineering USF Genetics of Age-related Hearing Loss
Tanika Williamson, B.S. Ph.D. Student in Biomedical Eng USF Neural and Molecular Underpinnings of Age-Linked Hearing Loss in Animal Models
McKenzie Watson USF Undergraduate in Chemical Engineering USF Neurobiological Underpinnings of Age-Related Hearing Loss
Xiaoxia Zhu, M.D. Senior Bioscientist USF Multi-Disciplinary Determination of the Neural and Molecular Bases of Age-Related Hearing Loss

Dr. Joseph Walton

Name Status Lab Location Project
Elliott Brecht, M.S. Ph.D. Graduate Student in Biomedical Engineering USF Neurophysiological correlates of age-related hearing loss
Joshua Halonen, Ph.D. Neuroscience, Research Fellow USF Behavioral and neural correlates of sound perception in a mouse model of hormone replacement
Ashley Hinton, B.A. AuD/PhD Student, CSD USF Behavioral and neural correlates of sound perception in a mouse model of hormone replacement
Andrea Lowe, B.S. Ph.D. student in Biomedical Engineering USF Neural correlates of drug and noise induced tinnitus in animal models
Nicole Wood Honors Undergraduate Pre-Med Major USF Effects of Aldosterone on behavioral measures of auditory temporal processing

Dr. Ann Eddins

Name Status Lab Location Project
Natalie Douglas, Ph.D. Ph.D. Research Student in Audiology USF Organizational Readiness to Implement External Memory Aids for Residents with Dementia .
Makenzie Kline, Au.D. Au.D. Graduate Student in Audiology USF Behavioral and electrophysiological correlates of binaural envelope and fine-structure coding.
Amy Murray, Au.D. Au.D. Graduate Student in Audiology USF The effect of auditory training on behavioral and event-related potential measures of auditory memory.
Bryce Romershausen, Au.D. Au.D. Graduate Student in Audiology USF Neural correlates of the binaural masking level difference in older adults.

Dr. Emily Plowman

Name Status Lab Location Project
Cori Clark Undergraduate Student in Chemistry USF
Amanda Domer, M.S. Ph.D. Student in CSD USF Investigation of late-effect radiation as a result of head and neck cancer. She is hoping her research will provide additional insight into this underappreciated epidemic in individuals that have undergone radiation therapy.
Danielle Fletcher Undergraduate Student in CSD USF
Jennifer Garcia Undergraduate Student in CSD USF
Paige Griffiths Undergraduate Student in CSD USF Animal model studies of oral motor dysfunction in Parkinson's disease.
Stephanie Randall, M.S. Ph.D. Student in CSD USF Study of the neurological etiology of communication and swallowing disorders and working with patients and families through rehabilitative therapy processes.
Stephanie Reyes Undergraduate Student in CSD USF
Benjamin Rivera Undergraduate Student in CSD USF
Kathryn Turner Undergraduate Student in CSD USF