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
  • The Sadagopan, Abel, Chandrasekaran, and Teichert labs published the first study from their multi-species, multi-level collaboration (eNeuro; also see press release).
  • Vatsun will present one of the Young Investigator Spotlight talks at APAN 2021 (virtual format).
  • The Sadagopan lab published an article in PLoS Biology describing how the neural representation of vocalizations is transformed between the input and output layers of the primary auditory cortex.
  • The Sadagopan, Abel, Chandrasekaran, and Teichert labs have been awarded a collaborative MultiPI R01 by NIDCD to study mechanisms underlying speech processing across levels of analysis (cells-to-system), deriving insights from multiple species.
  • The Sadagopan lab published an article in Scientific Reports on using pupillometry to estimate auditory detection thresholds in animal models.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Maria (Lania) Rubio on her promotion to Professor of Neurobiology and Otolaryngology (secondary)!
  • The 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.
  • Congratulations to Cat Weisz, former Kandler lab postdoc and now at NIDCD, on receiving a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)!

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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.