Dr. Allison Coffin

Assistant Professor
Phone: (360) 546-9748
Located in Classroom (VCLS) 208U
Support Staff: Janet DeWitt


Course ID Title Meeting Time Location Semester Syllabus
MBioS 401 Cell Biology
Neuro 403 Cellular Neuroscience
Neuro 490 Neuroscience, Science Communication, and Society
Biol 492/593 Seminar on cell signaling and neural development


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, WSU, and Action on Hearing Loss.


Please visit my webpage for more information about our work and to get involved.

Graduate Students

PhD: Phillip Uribe

MS: Matthew Kruger


  • PhD, Biology, University of Maryland
  • MS, Fisheries, University of Minnesota
  • BS, Marine Biology, Florida Institute of Technology