UCL Ear Institute


Prof Jonathan Ashmore

Prof Jonathan Ashmore


Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology
University College London


  • Bernard Katz Professor of Biophysics
    Neuro, Physiology & Pharmacology
    Div of Biosciences

Joined UCL


My work addresses a variety of cellular mechanisms of hearing. Using a variety of biophysical techniques I work on the mechanisms of electromotility in cochlear outer hair cells. Using confocal imaging I have been working on the mechanisms of synaptic release at the ribbon synapse of the inner hair cells, combining electrophysiology and multiphoton imaging. Using large scale computational models I work on the patterning of electrical current flow in the cochlea during stimulation by sound. More recently I have become interested in potassium channel function in early auditory processing and the nature and origin of tinnitus.
Award year Qualification Institution
1974 MSc
Master of Science
University College London
1971 PhD
Doctor of Philosophy
Theoretical Physics
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
1969 DIC
Diploma of the Imperial College
Theoretical Physics
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
1968 BSc
Bachelor of Science
Mathematical Physics
University of Sussex


Ageing|*|Atomic force microscopy|*|Auditory system disorders|*|Brain slice physiology|*|Calcium imaging|*|Cell culture|*|Cellular mechanisms of hearing|*|Computational methods|*|Computational modeling|*|Computational models|*|Confocal microscopy|*|Deafness|*|Electrophysiological recording techniques|*|Electrophysiology|*|Exocytosis|*|Fluorescence microscopy techniques|*|Genetic manipulation (including knockout/knockin)|*|Genetics|*|Hearing|*|Hearing and balance|*|Image analysis Intracellular recording|*|Ion channels|*|Light microscopic techniques|*|Mouse|*|Multi-photon imaging|*|Neuroscience|*|Optical imaging|*|Pharmacology|*|Sensory transduction|*|Single-channel recording|*|Synapse