Center for Hearing and Deafness
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Our aim is to reach a better understanding of vestibular signaling and its modulation following compensation or adaptation. Vestibular pathways are very plastic and recalibrate their responses under normal conditions as well as following vestibular disorders. However, this compensation/ adaptation is not complete and following lesions, deficits can be observed in response to more challenging stimuli, such as high frequency or velocity movements. The ultimate goal of studies in the lab is to find practical ways for enhancing vestibular compensation or adaptation in humans. This can be specifically useful for patients (e.g., after therapeutic vestibular neurectomy) or in conditions where unusual adaptation is required (e.g., space travel). We start by dissecting the pathway at the cellular level in order to understand the mechanisms involved in synaptic signal transmission in this system and then apply the knowledge gained by these studies to live animals.
Education / Training:
2009-2013, Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA.
2002-2009, Ph.D. degree, Department of Physiology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
1989-1997, M.D. degree, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
Employment / Professional Experience:
2009-2013, Studied the properties of synaptic transmission between vestibular hair cells, afferent fibers, and efferents in rats and mice.
2002-2009, Studied compensatory changes in signal transmission in vestibular afferents and nuclei after vestibular lesions in alert primates.
1995-2002, Clinical research on the effect of a novel rehabilitation method on patients with chronic vestibular vertigo.
Professional Honors/ Advisory and Editorial
2012-2013, National Organization for Hearing Research (NOHR) grant
2005-2006, Faculty of Medicine Scholarship, McGill University
2014- , CDS 610: Vestibular System, Dept. of Communicative Disorders and Sciences, University at Buffalo
2014- , CDS 542: Advanced Hearing Sciences, Dept. of Communicative Disorders and Sciences, University at Buffalo
2014- , CDS 502A: Research Methods, Dept. of Communicative Disorders and Sciences, University at Buffalo
2009-2012, Vestibular sections of BME 580.625 and BME 580.626: Structure and function of the inner ear, Johns Hopkins University
2004-2005, Teaching assistant, PHGY 314: Integrative Neuroscience, McGill University
2003, Teaching assistant, PHGY 212: Introductory Physiology Laboratory, McGill University
2011-2013, Member of the Animal Care Committee of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO).
2005-2006, Member of the Animal Care Committee, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University.
Ad hoc reviewer, Journal of Neurophysiology
Ad hoc reviewer, Hearing Research Journal
Ad hoc reviewer, Experimental Brain Research Journal
Ad hoc reviewer, Neuroscience Journal
Ad hoc reviewer, Journal of Applied Physiology
Ad hoc reviewer, Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics