Welcome to Auditory Neuroscience in the Department of Neurobiology

We are an interactive and collaborative group of three laboratories studying the structure, function, and plasticity of auditory circuits in health and disease. We investigate auditory circuits at multiple levels using state-of-the-art anatomical, physiological, imaging, and behavioral techniques.

Trainees will have the opportunity to investigate fundamental questions in auditory neuroscience using a multidisciplinary approach, leveraging the combined expertise of our team. Eligible trainees also have the opportunity to participate in the institutional training grant ‘Training in auditory and vestibular neuroscience’, co-directed by Karl Kandler and Bill Yates.

Recent Highlights
  • Kandler and Rubio labs published an article in J. Neurosci. on an important and novel role for the glutamate receptor subunit GluA3 in synaptic transmission in the auditory system.
  • Srivatsun Sadagopan will lead a discussion on a career in auditory neuroscience at the Young Investigator Luncheon on Jan. 27, 2020 at the ARO Midwinter Meeting.
  • Congratulations to Cat Weisz, former Kandler lab postdoc and now at NIDCD, on receiving a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)!
  • Maryanna Owoc, MD/PhD student in the Kandler and Sadagopan labs, awarded an F30 predoctoral fellowship by the NIDCD.
  • Sadagopan lab’s research highlighted in Pitt Engineering news: “Sound sense: Brain ‘listens’ for distinctive features in sounds“.
  • Srivatsun Sadagopan awarded the 2019 Geraldine Dietz Fox Young Investigator Award by the Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO) for accomplishment and promise in research related to otolaryngology.
  • White noise reduces hearing damage from acoustic trauma in mice (PDF) – Kandler lab’s research featured in Tinnitus Today (magazine of the American Tinnitus Association).
  • White noise lowers tinnitus risk (link) – Kandler lab’s research highlighted by Nature magazine.

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Department of Neurobiology

Department of Bioengineering (BioE, Neural Engineering)

Department of Otolaryngology

Center for Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh (CNUP)

Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC)

Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)

School of Medicine Graduate Studies Office.


We are grateful to the following organizations for their past or current generous support of our work:

National Institutes on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (BBRF)

Pennsylvania Lions Hearing Research Foundation

The Pew Charitable Trusts

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

The Samuel and Emma Winters Foundation.

If you would like to support our work, please contact Karl Kandler.