Research Staff & Visiting Scholars

Research Staff

Dave Anderson – Research Engineer, Hearing Research Center
Areas of Expertise: Software architecture, design, coding and integration; user interface development; general software wizardry.
Current Projects:
Development, maintenance and photography for the HRC Website. Lead developer for the ESME and EarLab projects in the Auditory Biophysics and Simulation Laboratory of the HRC.

Virginia Best – Research Associate, Dept. of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
Areas of Interest:Spatial hearing, auditory scene analysis, auditory attention, hearing loss Current Projects: Effects of hearing loss on spatial hearing, sound localization and hearing aids, auditory grouping and bilateral cochlear implants

Andrew Brughera – Research Associate, Hearing Research Center
Areas of Expertise and Interest: Computational models of brainstem neurons in acoustic hearing and cochlear implants; Software development, architecture, and algorithmic integrity in EarLab; Model implementation and support of the EarLab auditory modeling community

Lorraine Delhorne – Senior Research Scientist, Hearing Research Center
Areas of Interest: Tactile communication, Tactile aids, Hearing aids, Cochlear implants

Nathaniel I. Durlach – Visiting Scholar, Hearing Research Center
Areas of Interest: Auditory Perception (psychoacoustics). Binaural hearing, informational masking, hearing aids

Duk Joong Kim –Research Associate, Hearing Research Center
Areas of Expertise: Mixed-signal circuit design, layout, implementation and verification. Primary interest is designing full custom VLSI ASIC chips using standard CMOS and high-voltage CMOS processes.
Current Projects: Development, simulation and verification of multi-compartmental cochlear models.

Christine Mason – Senior Research Scientist, Dept. of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
Areas of Interest:Psychoacoustics, Perceptual Consequences of Hearing Loss.

David O'Gorman – Sr. Research Associate, Hearing Research Center
Areas of Expertise and Interest: The biophysics and nonlinear dynamics of neural spike generation; speech and hearing science. The nonlinear dynamics of spike generation in the auditory periphery and brainstem; the role of dynamical instability in the neural encoding of modulation and fine-timing; and optimizing neuro-electrical and neuro-optical (laser) stimulation for conveyance of speech.

Tim Streeter – Research Engineer, Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
Areas of Interest: Binaural hearing, hearing impairment, speech perception.

Eric Thompson – Research Associate, Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
Areas of Expertise and Interest:Psychoacoustics, binaural hearing, auditory modeling, auditory perception in reverberant environments, room acoustics

Andrew Tubelli – Research Associate, Hearing Research Center
Areas of Expertise: 3D reconstruction via medical imaging, finite element modeling of structural mechanics; medical animation and visuals; cetacean middle ear
Current Projects: Understanding the mechanics of hearing in dolphins and whales via 3D reconstruction of the middle ear from CT and histology; finite element analysis of the middle ear bones to characterize motion; material property (i.e. elastic modulus) analysis through nanoindentation; postmortem examination of the auditory bulla.
Aleks Zosuls – Research Engineer, Hearing Research Center
Areas of Expertise: Designing and fabricating custom mechatronic systems. His primary research interests lie in cochlear and middle ear mechanics.
Current Projects:
Measuring mechanical properties of the basilar membrane, middle ear mechanics and head acoustics of cetacean, electronic auditory nerve simulators, sound localization and detection, echolocation for humans.

Cyrus Billimoria, Ph.D.

Visiting Scholars

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Recent Visiting Scholars

Robert Gilkey
Visiting Scholar, Hearing Research Center
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Wright State University
Areas of Interests: Binaural Displays and Psychoacoustics