We welcome Dr Yang Qian into the lab. He will be working on developing optical methods to investigate hair-cell mechanotransduction. We are excited for Yang to share his expertise in optics with the rest of the lab!
Our latest paper has been published in the Biophysical Journal. Well done, Dr. Gianoli!
Dr. Andrei Kozlov will be giving a talk at the Natural History Museum on Biomimetics. Drop by on 29th March to learn how we turn to nature to find ingenious ways to solve problems.
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Andrei Kozlov has received an award from the highly prestigious Excellence Fund for Frontier Research with his collaborators, Drs. Ben Almquist and Chris Rowlands, to develop a novel method of voltage imaging in neurons. The award is designed to support research ideas that are potential breakthrough programs and which could put Imperial College London in a leadership position in the field.
The funding will be used for experimental and theoretical investigation of cochlear hair-cell mechanotransduction.
We are currently looking for post-docs with expertise in optics, hair-cell biophysics, or theoretical modelling. For more information, please contact Andrei Kozlov.
On 19th April, Francesco Gianoli successfully completed his viva voce examination, where he presented his thesis on modelling inner hair cell mechanotransduction.
Our new article on hair-cell biophysics, "Lipid bilayer mediates ion-channel cooperativity in a model of hair-cell mechanotransduction", is available in PNAS.
Congratulations to Drs Gianoli, Risler and Kozlov!
Hearing evolved independently in insects and vertebrates, and their auditory systems can look very different. For example, grasshoppers have "ears" on their legs. But are there some shared, fundamental principles of hearing?