Auditory Neuroscience @ Pitt 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 these circuits at multiple levels using state-of-the-art anatomical, physiological, imaging, and behavioral techniques.

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

Recent Highlights
  • New review on Quantitative models of auditory cortical processing published in Hearing Research.
  • Manaswini Kar and Vatsun lab members publish behavioral support for their theoretical model in eLife!
  • Dr. Maryanna Owoc publishes part of her thesis work titled “Embryonic medial ganglionic eminence cells survive and integrate into the inferior colliculus of adult mice” in Hearing Research!
  • A course in Auditory and Vestibular Neuroscience will be offered in Fall 2022!
  • Congratulations to Manaswini Kar on being awarded a 2022 CNBC Outstanding Paper Award (McClelland Prize) for her paper “Neuronal selectivity to complex vocalization features emerges in the superficial layers of primary auditory cortex”!
  • Congratulations to Dr. Maryanna Owoc on the successful defense of her thesis, titled “Using inhibitory precursor cell transplantation to investigate the role of inhibition in noise-induced pathology of the inferior colliculus”!
  • Our T32 grant “Training in Auditory and Vestibular Neuroscience”, directed by Drs. Kandler (Neurobiology) and Yates (Otolaryngology) will recommence with a new cohort on July 1, 2022 (details).
  • Karl Kandler awarded a new NIH R01 to study the development of intrinsic circuitry in the inferior colliculus!

None currently posted.

Department of Neurobiology
Department of Bioengineering (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 (PLHRF)
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.