Dr. Allison Coffin
|Course ID||Title||Meeting Time||Location||Semester||Syllabus|
|MBioS 401||Cell Biology|
Hearing is one of our basic senses – it allows us to communicate and to perceive the world around us. At the heart of hearing is the sensory hair cell: a polarized epithelial-type cell that converts acoustic signals in the environment to electrochemical signals in the nervous system. These cells are exquisitely sensitive to sound and unfortunately to damage from a variety of sources including noise and some classes of medications. This damage causes hearing loss, cutting us off from the outside world. Research in my lab seeks to understand the cellular events underlying hearing loss so that we may prevent these events and preserve hearing. My research is currently funded by NIH.
Please visit my webpage for more information about our work and to get involved.
- PhD, Biology, University of Maryland
- MS, Fisheries, University of Minnesota
- BS, Marine Biology, Florida Institute of Technology