Oregon Hearing and Research Center and Vollum Institute
Oregon Health & Science University
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road
Portland, Oregon 97239
GENOMIC FEATURES ORIGINATING FROM THIS LAB
STATEMENT OF RESEARCH INTERESTS
Defects in sensory hair cells are thought to account for most forms of hereditary deafness. We aim to identify the components involved in hair-cell function by using a genetic approach. By screening over 7000 genomes (Tuebingen Screens I & II), we have identified a total of 24 genes that are required for balance and hearing in zebrafish. These circler mutants are analogous to the mouse shaker-waltzer mutants and can serve as alternative models for the study of human deafness. We are currently developing new ways of analyzing our mutants such stably expressing hair-cell specific markers, creating behavioral tests for auditory and vestibular function, and measuring physiological responses in hair cells and acousticolateralis nerves.