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Upcoming Events

Lab meeting schedule (click to expand)06/29/2021Marianny
07/13/2021 Mannu
07/27/2021 Shang
08/17/2021 Jongwon
09/09/2021 Mahmoud
09/21/2021 Nick
10/05/2021 Maryanna
10/26/2021 Indra
11/09/2021 Satya

Zoom Lab Meeting (Zoom)

Tue. Sep. 21 @ 9:00 am

Nick from the Rubio lab will present his data on sex differences in AMPA receptor expression in spiral ganglion neurons.

Past Events

Zoom Lab Meeting (Zoom)

Tue. Sep. 09 @ 9:00 am

Mahmoud from the Kandler lab will present “Preventing presbycusis in mice with enhanced medial olivocochlear feedback“.

Zoom Lab Meeting (Zoom)

Tue. Aug. 17 @ 9:00 am

Jongwon from the Kandler lab will present “Glycinergic axonal inhibition subserves acute spatial sensitivity to sudden increases in sound intensity“.

Zoom Lab Meeting (Zoom)

Tue. Jul. 27 @ 9:00 am

Shang from the Kandler lab will present “Auditory corticothalamic neurons are recruited by motor preparatory inputs” from the Polley lab.

Zoom Lab Meeting (Zoom)

Tue. Jul. 13 @ 9:00 am

Mannu from the Sadagopan lab will present “Striatal dopamine mediates hallucination-like perception in mice” from the Kepecs lab.

Zoom Lab Meeting (Zoom)

Tue. Jun. 29 @ 9:00 am

Marianny from Sadagopan lab will present recent experiments on the behavioral effects of hidden hearing loss in guinea pigs.

Zoom Lab Meeting (Zoom)

Tue. Jun. 15 @ 9:00 am

Indra from Rubio lab will present “Excess extracellular K+ causes inner hair cell ribbon synapse degeneration” by Zhao et al. (2021)

Zoom Lab Meeting (Zoom)

Tue. Jun. 01 @ 9:00 am

Maryanna from the Kandler/Sadagopan labs will present recent results on the integration of transplanted MGE cells into the IC circuitry.

Zoom Lab Meeting (Zoom)

Tue. May 18 @ 9:00 am

Nick from Rubio lab will present ““Age-related and noise-induced hearing loss alters grasshopper mouse ( Onychomys ) vocalizations”.

Zoom Lab Meeting (Zoom)

Tue. May 11 @ 9:00 am

Nathan from Vatsun lab will discuss his rotation projects.

T-32 Retreat (Zoom)

Thu. Apr. 29 @ 1:00 pm

The T-32 retreat, featuring invited speaker Dr. Yuri Agrawal (JHU) will be online this year. Please see this link for details:

Zoom Lab Meeting (Zoom)

Tue. Apr. 27 @ 9:00 am

Mahmoud will present this paper “Cochlear neural degeneration disrupts hearing in background noise by increasing auditory cortex internal noise” from the Polley lab.

Zoom Lab Meeting (Zoom)

Tue. Apr. 20 @ 9:00 am

Jongwon will present this paper titled “A role of oligodendrocytes in information processing”.

Thesis defense (Zoom)

Tue. Apr. 13 @ 12:00 pm

Shi Tong Liu, BioE PhD student in the Sadagopan lab, will defend his thesis titled “Constructing invariant representation of sound using optimal features and sound statistics adaptation”.

Zoom Lab Meeting (Zoom)

Tue. Mar. 30 @ 9:00 am

Mannu from Vatsun Lab will present “Cortical ensemble activity discriminates auditory attentional states“.

Special Group Meeting (Zoom)

Tue. Mar. 23 @ 9:00 am

Satya Parida from the Heinz lab @ Purdue will give a talk titled “Neural representations of natural speech in a chinchilla model of noise-induced hearing loss”

Zoom Lab Meeting

Tue. Mar. 16 @ 9:00 am

Shang from Kandler lab will present her data on the effects of conductive hearing loss on the IC.

Zoom Lab Meeting

Tue. Feb. 23 @ 9:00 am

Marianny from Vatsun lab will present “Hidden hearing loss impacts the neural representation of speech in background noise” from the McAlpine and Schaette labs.

Zoom Lab Meeting

Tue. Feb. 09 @ 9:00 am

Indra from Rubio lab will present part of his PhD work, titled “Age-related changes in the number of GABAergic neurons in the human inferior colliculus”.

Zoom Lab Meeting

Tue. Jan. 26 @ 9:00 am

Maryanna from the Kandler/Sadagopan labs will present results of her electrophysiology experiments.

Zoom Lab Meeting

Thu. Dec. 17 @ 9:00 am, Zoom

This is our last lab meeting of 2020! Keith from the Sadagopan lab will present frequency-following response results from his lab rotation. Happy Holidays!

Zoom Lab Meeting

Fri. Dec. 11 @ 3:30pm, Zoom

Jenny Michlich, research specialist in the Helou lab, will present observations of the possible impacts of domestication on auditory cortex connectivity.

Joint Neurobiology/Neuroscience Virtual Seminar Series

Wed. Dec. 09 @ 1:00 pm, Zoom

Dr. Bianca Jones Marlin, Columbia University, will present a seminar titled “Bridging the gap between innate and learned behaviors: a parental role in promoting survival.” (Zoom seminar).

Ear2Brain Seminar Series

Mon. Dec. 07 @ 3:00 pm, Zoom

Vatsun will present the lab’s work titled “Cortical computations underlying the invariant perception of complex sounds”. Email with registration details will be sent out shortly. Please join in for the social hour after the seminar!

Neuroscience Institute Speaker Series

Thu. Dec 03 @ 4:00 pm, Zoom

Dr. Michael Yartsev will present “Studying the Neural Basis of Complex Spatial, Social and Acoustic Behaviors – in Freely Behaving and Flying Bats”. (Zoom seminar).

Neurobiology Special Seminar

Thu. Dec 03 @ 10:00 am, Zoom

Dr. Aleena Garner from the Keller Lab at Friedrich Miescher Institute will present her work, titled “A cortical circuit for audio-visual predictions”. (Zoom seminar).

Zoom Lab Meeting

Tue. Dec. 01 @ 9:00 am, Zoom

Mahmoud from the Kandler lab will present his work on the lateral olivocochlear (LOC) pathway. Zoom invite has been emailed.

Zoom Lab Meeting

Tue. Nov. 10 @ 9:00 am, Zoom

Nick from Rubio Lab will present “The impact of biological sex on the response to noise and otoprotective therapies against acoustic injury in mice” by Milon et al. (2018). Zoom invite and a PDF of the paper have been emailed.

Several lockdown Zoom meetings happened here…

Zoom Lab Meeting

Friday Mar. 27 @ 9:30 am, Zoom

Marianny from Vatsun Lab will present “Focal suppression of distractor sounds by selective attention in auditory cortex” from the David lab. Zoom invite and a PDF of the paper have been emailed.

T-32 Retreat 2020
Mar. 10 (Tue) @ 9am, BST 1659

The Annual T32 Retreat will be held on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Please see the T32 website for details.

T-32 Invited Guest Speaker
Mar. 10 (Tue) @ 4 pm, EEI 520
The Impact of Deafness on Auditory Processing and Cognitive Load in Complex Listening Environments.

Ruth Litovsky, PhD

Professor and Chair, Communication Sciences & Disorders

Professor of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology

University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Postdoc Candidate Seminar
Mar. 10 (Tue) @ 2 pm, EEI 520

Samer Masri, postdoc candidate for the Insanally, Williamson, and Sadagopan labs, will present his research titled “Sustained Parvalbumin-Positive Interneuron Activity Enhances Cortical Responses to Preferred Sounds”.

T-32 Seminar
Feb. 28 (Fri) @ Noon, BST3 6059

Rebecca DiGiosio, graduate trainee from the Sweet lab, will present her research. Dr. Yates will lead the seminar.

T-32 Seminar
Jan. 17 (Fri) @ Noon, BST3 6059

Robert Sweet, preceptor, will present ongoing research from his lab.

Lab Meeting
Jan 17 (Fri) @ 9:00 am, BST3 6059

Planning meeting for future lab meetings.

T-32 Seminar
Dec. 20 (Fri) @ Noon, BST3 6059

Jacie McHaney from the Chandrasekaran lab will present her research.

Dec 12 (Thu) @ 12:00 noon, Forbes Tower 4065

Tracy Centanni from TCU will present her lab’s research titled “Neural and Genetic Mechanisms of Letter-Sound Learning”. Hosted by Bharath Chandrasekaran, Dept. of CSD.

Lab Meeting
Dec 13 (Fri) @ 9:00 am, BST3 6059

Marianny from Vatsun lab will present a summary of “Noise-induced cochlear neuropathy is selective for fibers with low spontaneous rates” by Furman et al., and some related data from the lab.

T-32 Seminar
Nov 22 (Fri) @ Noon, BST3 6059

Patrick Cody from the Tzounopoulos lab will present his work.

Lab Meeting
Nov 22 (Fri) @ 9:00 am, BST3 6059

Shi Tong from Vatsun lab will present “Rapid formation of robust auditory memories: insights from noise” by Agus, Thorpe and Pressnitzer.


Neurobiology Research Seminar
Nov 21 (Thurs) @ 4:00 pm, BST 1495

Ross Williamson, Dept. of Otolaryngology, will present his research, titled “What goes up must come down: sensory information flow in the auditory corticofugal system”.

Lab Meeting
Nov 01 (Fri) @ 9:00 am, BST3 6059

Shang from the Kandler Lab will present “A new thalamo-cortical-amygdala circuit is involved in processing a natural alarm cue” by Pereira, Farias, and Moita.

Lab Meeting
Oct 11 (Fri) @ 9:00 am, BST3 6059

Maryanna from the Kandler and Vatsun Labs will present “A temporal integration mechanism enhances frequency selectivity of broadband inputs to inferior colliculus” by Chen, Read, and Escabi.

Lab Meeting
Sep 20 (Fri) @ 9:00 am, BST3 6059

Pilar from Vatsun Lab restarts lab meeting for the Fall, and will present “Auditory cortical activity drives feedback-dependent vocal control in marmosets” by Eliades and Tsunada.

T-32 Seminar
Sep 20 (Fri) @ Noon, BST3 6059

Dr. Maria (Lania) Rubio, MD, PhD, Dept. of Neurobiology, will present her research titled “Molecular structure of auditory nerve synapses in the normal hearing and in the hearing impaired”.


Neurobiology Research Seminar
Sep 23 (Mon) @ 10:00am, Victoria Hall 125

Dr. Steven Eliades, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, will present his work titled “Speaking and hearing: What marmosets can teach us about the sensory-motor control of voice and the evolutionary origins of vocal communication”.

Lab Meeting
May 21 (TUE) @ 9:30 am, BST3 6059

Marianny Pernia, PhD, from the Merchan lab at University of Salamanca and postdoc candidate for the Sadagopan lab, will present a seminar titled “Auditory and visual cortices at long term: story of an effort for balancing cortical function.”

Distinguished Seminar Series
May 13 (Mon) @ 4:00pm, University Club Ballroom A

Prof. Rich Mooney, Professor of Neurobiology at Duke University, will present “From Song to Synapse: Neural Mechanisms of Vocal Learning”.

Lab Meeting
May 09 (Thurs) @ 9:00 am, BST3 6059

Manaswini from Sadagopan lab will present her rotation project data.

Lab Meeting
May 02 (Thurs) @ 9:00 am, BST3 6059

Mahmoud from Kandler lab will present his rotation project data.

Distinguished Seminar Series
Apr. 23 (Tue) @ 10:00 am, University Club Ballroom B

Prof. Xiaoqin Wang, Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, will present “Marmoset as a Model System to Study the Neural Basis of Hearing and Vocal Communication”.

Lab Meeting
Apr. 11 (Thurs) @ 9:00 am, BST3 6059

Vatsun will present “Single-neuron perturbations reveal feature-specific competition in V1” (link) from the Harvey lab.

Special Seminar
Mar. 28 (Thurs) @ 1:00 pm, BST 1495

Cory Miller, UCSD, talk on “Natural Behavior and the Primate Brain”.

Lab Meeting
Mar. 21 (Thurs) @ 9:00 am, BST3 6059

Karl will present Babola et al., Neuron (2018) from the Bergles lab.

Lab Meeting
Mar. 05 (TUES) @ 9:00 am, BST3 6059

We restart after a longish break due to deadlines and conferences. Jongwon (Kandler lab) will present his data.

Lab Meeting
Jan. 17 (Thurs.) @ 9:00 am, BST3 6059

Mannu (Vatsun lab) will present “Genetic tagging of active neurons in auditory cortex reveals maternal plasticity of coding ultrasonic vocalizations” (link) from Adi Mizrahi’s lab.

Lab Meeting
Dec. 06 (Thurs.) @ 9:00 am, BST3 6059

Pilar (Vatsun lab) will present “Sensory overamplification in layer 5 auditory corticofugal projection neurons following cochlear nerve synaptic damage”, from Dan Polley’s lab.

Lab Meeting
Nov. 08 (Thurs.) @ 9:00 am, BST3 6059

Shang (Kandler lab) will present “Auditory cortex controls sound-driven innate defense behaviour through corticofugal projections to inferior colliculus”, from Li Zhang’s lab.

Lab Meeting
Oct. 29 (Mon), 2018 , TBA

Lauren Poppi, a postdoc applicant (Kandler lab) from the University of Newcastle, will present her work.

Neurobiology Special Seminar
Oct. 22 (Mon), 2018 @ 2:00 pm, BST 1495

Dr. Michael T. Roberts, visiting us from the Kresge Hearing Research Institute, will present his research titled “VIP neurons in the inferior colliculus: Identification of a novel class of principal neurons that project to auditory and non-auditory brain regions”.

Lab Meeting
Oct. 04, 2018 @ 9:00am, BST3 6059

Pilar (Sadagopan Lab) will present her work. This is a practice talk for her presentation at the Bridgeside Research Forum on Oct. 5.

Lab Meeting
Sep. 20, 2018 @ 9:00am, BST3 6059

Hui Hong(Postdoc candidate, Kandler lab) will present work, titled “Need for speed and precision: structural and functional specialization in the avian cochlear nucleus.”

Lab Meeting
Aug. 30, 2018 @ 9:00am, BST3 6059

Maryanna (Kandler/Vatsun Lab) will discuss STRFs – what they are, how they are useful, how to compute them, and when they don’t work.

Lab Meeting
Aug. 09, 2018 @ 9:30am, BST3 6059

*note delayed start time

Shi Tong (Vatsun Lab) will present  “Phonetic feature encoding in human superior temporal gyrus” bu Mesgarani, Cheung, Johnson and Chang (link)

Lab Meeting
Ju1 19, 2018 @ 9am, BST3 6059

GRC Auditory System 2018 (Jul. 08 – 13) conference debriefing.

Lab Meeting
Jun 21, 2018 @ 9am, BST3 6059

Jongwon from Kandler Lab will present a paper, TBD.

Lab Meeting
May 17, 2018 @ 9am, BST3 6059

Pilar from Vatsun Lab will share some thoughts on the Laurel/Yanni controversy, and present recent results reg. pupillometry.

Special Seminar
May 01, 2018 @ 4pm, BST 1495

Dr.Bharath Chandrasekaran from UT Austin will present his work titled “Neural systems underlying speech acquisition in adulthood”.

Lab meeting
Apr. 26, 2018 @ 9am, BST3-6059

Vatsun will present some results from side projects in the lab.

Lab meeting
Apr. 12, 2018 @ 9am, BST3-6059

Shang from Kandler Lab will share some of her recent results.

 Lab meeting
Mar. 22, 2018 @ 9am, BST3-6059

Dr. Takashi Kozai, guest speaker, will present his work on B.R.A.I.N. Implant injury, Inflammation and Intervention of Neurodegeneration.

 Lab meeting
Mar. 15, 2018 @ 9am, BST3-6059

Maryanna (Kandler lab) will share some of her recent results.

Distinguished Speaker Seminar
Mar. 07, 2018 @ 4pm, BST3-6014

Dr. Paul Fuchs from Johns Hopkins, Distinguished Speaker for the T-32 Retreat, will give a talk titled “Functional diversity among cochlear afferents”.

 T-32 Retreat
Mar. 07, 2018 @ 9am – 12:00pm, BST3-6014

Please see here for schedule.

Lab meeting
Mar. 01, 2018 @ 9am, BST3-6059

Samantha (Rubio lab) and Shi Tong (Vatsun lab) will practice their T-32 talks. Please help them by providing constructive criticism!

Lab meeting
Feb. 22, 2018 @ 9am, BST3-6059

Samantha (Rubio lab) will present “Ca2+ permeable AMPARs mediate glutamatergic transmission and excitotoxic damage at the hair cell ribbon synapse” by Sebe et al. (link).

Symposium @ ARO midwinter meeting
Feb. 11, 2018 @ 2pm – 4pm.

Symposium on “Linking Theoretical & Experimental Approaches to Understand Auditory Cortical Processing”.

Join us for a set of talks on how the interplay between theoretical and experimental approaches have helped further our understanding of auditory processing at the fMRI, EEG, behavioral, and single-neuron levels.

Speakers: Drs. Christoph Schreiner, Josh McDermott, Mounya Elhilali, Stephen David, Liberty Hamilton, and Ross Williamson.

Co-organized by Vatsun Sadagopan (Pitt) and Ross Williamson ( Mass. Eye & Ear).

T-32 Trainee Presentation
Feb. 02, 2018 @ 9am, BST3-6059

Samantha (Rubio lab) will present her recent work on the role of AMPA receptors in hearing.

Lab meeting
Feb. 01, 2018 @ 9am, BST3-6059

Jongwon (Kandler lab) will present his recent work on the role of GABA/Glycine co-release on synaptic pruning during development.

Lab meeting
Jan. 25, 2018 @ 9am.

Maryanna will present “Network level control of frequency tuning in auditory cortex” (link from the Isaacson lab.


Lab meeting
Jan. 11, 2018 @ 9am.

We will discuss “Neurons along the auditory pathway exhibit a hierarchical organization of prediction error” (link) from Malmierca lab. Flora will present the paper.

Jan. 10, 2018 @ 11 am, EEI 520.

Ross Williamson from Polley lab (Mass. Eye and Ear Infirmary) will present his research entitled “Synergistic processing of stimulus- and state-dependent features in deep layer cortical projection neurons”.

Dr. Rebecca Seal, T-32 preceptor, will present recent work from her lab.



Dec. 06, 2017 @ 12 noon, BST3 6014.

Vatsun will present his work, titled “Cortical Mechanisms Underlying Real-world Sound Perception”.

Dec. 06, 2017 @ 10:30 am, EEI 520.

Melissa Caras from NYU will present a seminar, “Practice and improvement: Cortical mechanisms of perceptual learning”.

Emily Parker, graduate student with Dr. Robert Sweet, will present her work entitled “Synaptic remodeling of small dendritic spines over adolescent auditory cortex development”.