Get to know the people behind the research.
AMANDA MARIE LAUER, PH.D.
I am a native of York County, Pennsylvania, home of rolling hills, hearty PA Dutch cuisine, and Harley Davidson motorcycles. I followed in my father’s footsteps and attended college at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, where I received my B.S. and M.S. in Psychology/Biopsychology. Instead of answering the call from friends with lucrative pharma jobs in the Philly area, I opted to become a poor graduate student in Bob Dooling’s Laboratory of Comparative Psychoacoustics at the University of Maryland. There I studied perceptual hearing deficits in canaries with a hereditary hearing loss and had the opportunity to learn about all manner of creatures—bugs, birds, bats, reptiles. I received my Ph.D. in Psychology/Integrative Neuroscience in 2006 and moved to Johns Hopkins to redirect my skills to study the mammalian auditory system. I completed postdoctoral fellowships with Drs. Brad May and David Ryugo, took an Instructor position, and then became an Assistant Professor at Hopkins in July 2013.
I live in Oella along the Patapsco River with my husband, a cat, and two rescued greyhounds. In my spare time, enjoy gardening, hiking along the river, and volunteering for greening efforts in my community. I am a junky for locally produced food, and I am constantly experimenting with various veggies and fruit in my own postage stamp garden.
Photo credit: Rachel Cornish
I am generally interested in the neural processes that underlie sensory perception and behavior. Currently, I study how noise exposure and aging change the central auditory system (i.e. the brain), and how these changes translate to functional changes in perception.
After rigorous training in ex-vivo cellular electrophysiology in the mouse inner ear neurons during my PhD and post graduate studies, I joined the Lauer lab to study the auditory system at the systems and behavioral level. I am currently investigating a tinnitus mouse model to characterize the disorder in the central pathways.
In the lab I perform light microscopy on brain tissue to investigate the effects cochlear damage has on synaptic organization in the central auditory system and I perform behavioral studies of hearing in mice. I am currently working on a Masters of Health Science in the Bloomberg School of Public Health.
In the lab I specialize in the use of immunohistochemistry and electron microscopy to understand how the cochlea and brain work together. With my strong family history of hearing disorders, I hope to understand more about hearing and how disorders can affect the auditory system.
MARK SCOTTO DI VETTA
I am a senior at Johns Hopkins University studying Neuroscience with a concentration in Cognition. My goal is to attend medical school, and eventually become a Neurosurgeon.
I am a senior Hodson Scholar at Johns Hopkins University double majoring in Anthropology and Medicine, Science & the Humanities and studied Biochemistry at the University of Oxford sophomore year. I am interested in efferent feedback to the cochlea and hearing loss and do analysis of immunolabeling and cochlear dissections in the lab. I am also interested in clinical aspects of otolaryngology including head and neck surgery. I will matriculate to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in the summer of 2018 to pursue my M.D.
High School Student
I am a junior at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. I am interested in the link between hearing loss and Alzheimer's disease.
Gail Larkin (now in the Immunogenetics lab at Hopkins)
Aikeen Jones (now at NIH)
Brian McGuire (now an independent business owner)
Jordan Swift (UK, visiting student in 2014)
Prashant Singh (India, visiting student in 2016)
LiYang Tang (JHU SOM class of 2017)
Amy Schettino (Provost's Undergraduate Research Award winner, now at Yale SOM)
Ioan Lina (now at University of Maryland SOM)
Heather Graham (now a graphic designer at Indigo Ink; http://www.heatherjanegraham.com)
Phani Ghaddipati (JHU class of 2016; 2014 Google app contest winner)
Seal Bin Han (Provost's Undergraduate Research Award winner, JHU class of 2017)
Aditi Trevedi (JHU class of 2016)
Surekha Mullangi (JHU class of 2016)
William Yu (JHU class of 2014)
Nicholas Bell (JHU class of 2016)
Antonio Spina (JHU class of 2016)
Jessica Stuyvenberg (JHU class of 2011)
Judy Park (JHU class of 2011)
Alice May (now at Barnard University)
High School Students
Sophie Thrippleton (UK)
2015 (from left: Katrina Schrode, Aikeen Jones, Brian McGuire, Gail Larkin)