Wei Sun


Wei Sun.

Wei Sun


Wei Sun


Director of Graduate Studies - AuD and PhD Programs
Associate Professor

Current Work

  • Cellular physiology of spiral ganglion neuron of cochlea
  • Noise induced central auditory developmental delay
  • Tinnitus
  • Mechanism of auditory learning
  • Stem cell physiology

Education / Training

Ph.D. in Audiology, 2006, The University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, USA
M.A. in Audiology, 2006, The University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, USA
M.S. in Medicine, 1996, Postgraduate Medical School of PLA, Beijing, China
B.S. in Electronic Technology, 1988, National University of Defense Technology, Changsha, China

Employment / Professional Experience

Associate Professor, Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences, University at Buffalo, 2012 – Present
Assistant Professor, Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences, University at Buffalo, 2006 – 2012
Research Assistant Professor, Center for Hearing and Deafness, University at Buffalo,2001-2006
Visiting Scientist, Center for Hearing and Deafness, the University at Buffalo, 1998-2001
Research Assistant Professor, Institute of Otorhinolaryngology, General Hospital of PLA, Beijing. 1996-1998
Engineer, Institute of Otorhinolaryngology, General Hospital of PLA, Beijing, 1991-1993
Assistant Engineer, Biomedical Engineering Department, General Hospital of PLA, Beijing, 1988-1991

Grant Support

  • Tinnitus Research Consortium (co-PI, PI: J. Bao, Washington University, St. Louis, MO)
    The link between tinnitus and synaptic changes in the hippocampus
    7/1/2011 – 6/30/2014
  • The Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID, UK) (PI)
    Auditory Cortex Reorganization Related to Tinnitus and Hyperacusis
  • NIH (R01 DC009091) (co-PI, PI: R.J. Salvi)
    Animal Models of Tinnitus, Brain Imaging & Therapy
  • American Federation of Aging Foundation (AFAR) (PI)
    How Presbycusis Affects Tinnitus
  • NIH (R03) (PI)
    Mechanism of Auditory Cortex Development and Role of NMDA Receptors
  • National Organization of Hearing Research (PI)
    Effects of Environmental Noise on Development in the Auditory Cortex
  • UB2020 Interdisciplinary Research Development Fund (IRDF) (co-PI, PI Y., Yoon)
    Micromachined Implantable Gradient Scaffold for Guided SGN Cell Culturing
  • Deafness Research Foundation (PI)
    Function changes of spiral ganglion neurons induced by hair cells loss
  • National Organization of Hearing Research (PI)
    Receptor plasticity of spiral ganglion neurons of cochlea
  • American Tinnitus Association(PI)
    Role of substance P and neurokinin receptor in tinnitus
    6/1/2002 to 9/31/2003

Publications in last five years

1. Niu, Y., Kumaraguru, A., Wang, R. and Sun, W. (in press) Hyperexcitability of inferior colliculus neurons caused by acute noise exposure. Journal of Neuroscience Research

2. Sun, W., Niu, Y., Manohar, S., Kumaraguru, A. and Allman, B. (accepted) Early Age Conductive Hearing Loss Impairs Sound Tolerance and Auditory Processing. Canadian Hearing Report

3. Sun, W., Deng, A., Jayaram A. and Gibson B. (2012) Noise Exposure Enhances Auditory Cortex Response and Sound Loudness Perception. Brain Research 1458: 108-116

4. Sun, W., Manohar, S., Jayaram, A., Kumaraguru1, A., Fu, Q., Li, L. and Allman, B. (2011) Early Age Conductive Hearing Loss Impairs Sound Perception Development. Hearing Research 282(1-2): 178-83

5. Kraus K.S., Ding D., Jiang H., Lobarinas E, Sun, W. and Salvi, R.J. (2011) Relationship between noise-induced hearing-loss, persistent tinnitus and GAP-43 expression in the rat cochlear nucleus: Does synaptic plasticity in ventral cochlear nucleus suppress tinnitus? Neuroscience 194:309-325

6. Lu, J., Lobarinas, E., Deng, A., Good, R., Salvi, R. and Sun, W. (2011) GABAergic Neural Activity Involved in Salicylate Induced Auditory Cortex Gain Enhancement. Neuroscience 189:187-98.

7. Sun, W., Tang, L. and Allman, B. (2011) Environmental Noise Delays Temporal Auditory Processing Development and Increases NMDA-2B Receptor Expression in Rat Auditory Cortex and Hippocampus. Behavioral Brain Research 218(1): 15-20.

8. Salvi R, Lobarinas E, and Sun W. (2010) Imaging Tinnitus Activity in the Brain. Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders: Research and Diagnostics, 14:21-27.

9. Deng, A., Lu, J. and Sun, W. (2010) Temporal processing in the inferior colliculus and auditory cortex affected by high doses of salicylate. Brain Research 1344: 96-103

10. Wei, L., Ding, D., Sun, W., Xu-Friedman, M. and Salvi, J. (2010) Effects of sodium salicylate on spontaneous and evoked spike rate in the dorsal cochlear nucleus. Hearing Research267 (1-2): 54-60

11. Kraus, K.S., Mitra, S., Jimenez, Z., Hinduja, S., Ding, D., Jiang, H., Gray, L., Lobarinas, E., Sun, W., Salvi, R.J. (2010) Noise trauma suppresses neurogenesis in the rat hippocampus. Neuroscience 167: 1216-1226

12. Sun, W. and Salvi, R. (2009) BDNF and NT-3 modulate neurotransmitter receptor expressions on spiral ganglion neurons. Neuroscience164:1854-1866.

13. Sun, W. (2009) Research on Biological Mechanisms of Hyperacusis using Animal Models. ASHA Leader 14(11): 5-6

14. Salvi, R., Lobarinas, E. and Sun, W. (2009) Pharmacological treatments for tinnitus: new and old. Drugs of the Future 34(5):385-400

15. Sun, W., Lu J., Stolzberg, D., Gray, L., Deng, A., Lobarinas E. and Salvi, R. (2009) Salicylate Increases the Gain of the Central Auditory System. Neuroscience 159: 325-334

16. Sun, W., Hansen, A., Zhang, L., Lu L., Stolzberg, D. and Kraus, K.S. (2008) Neonatal nicotine exposure impairs auditory temporal processing development. Hearing Research 245(1-2): 58-64

17. Sun, W., Zhang, L., Lu, J., Yang, G., Laundrie, E. and Salvi, R. (2008) Noise exposure induced enhancement of auditory cortex response and changes in gene expression. Neuroscience 156:374-380

18. Lobarinas, E., Sun, W., Stolzberg, D., Lu J. and Salvi, R. (2008) Animal model of tinnitus: behavioral results and preliminary physiological results from auditory cortex. Seminar in Hearing 29(4):333-349


  • CDS 532 Acoustics and Instrumentation
  • CDS 290 Audiology: Diagnosis and Management
  • CDS 610 Vestibular System
  • CDS 616 Auditory Evoked Potentials
  • CAS 101 Trends in Arts and Sciences


Ad Hoc reviewer for refereed journals

  • Acta Otolaryngology
  • Audiology &Neuro-Otology
  • Brain Research
  • Cerebral Cortex
  • Hearing Research
  • International Journal of Audiology
  • International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
  • Journal of the American Academy of Audiology (JAAA)
  • Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (JASA)
  • Journal of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology (ORL)
  • Journal of Pediatric Neurology
  • Medical Science Monitor (6/2009)
  • New England Journal of Medicine
  • Neurobiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews
  • Noise and Hearing