UCL Ear Institute


Professor Jennifer Linden appointed new Director of the UCL Ear Institute

17 July 2023

Professor Jennifer Linden, an auditory systems neuroscience specialist, will become the new Director of the UCL Ear Institute, from 1 September 2023.

Professor Jennifer Linden

Professor Linden joined UCL in 2004 and was Interim co-Director of the Ear Institute from 2015-17. Her primary research interest is auditory systems neuroscience, particularly neural mechanisms of auditory processing in the auditory thalamus and cortex.

Professor Linden teaches mechanisms of central auditory processing in multiple modules at UCL, and has extensive research collaborations across a wide number of areas. Her lab investigates auditory brain function in normal mice and in mouse models of human conditions such as developmental auditory processing disorder, schizophrenia and tinnitus.

Professor Alan Thompson said:

“I am delighted by Jennifer’s appointment. Jennifer has shown a proven commitment to the community and has an impactful vision for the future of the Institute. I am confident she will drive the Ear Institute forward to even greater success as a world leading centre for basic, translational and clinical auditory research.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Professor Jonathan Gale for his many contributions as Director over the last eight years. Jonathan has steered the Institute through challenging and uncertain times, always looking out for its staff and students. He has been a committed and enthusiastic leader; someone who has always sought to promote the best interests of the community.”

Professor Linden said:

"I'm deeply honoured to be given the opportunity to lead the Ear Institute, which has been a world-leading centre for multi-disciplinary auditory research since it opened in 2005. I look forward to working with all of you to strengthen our ability to deliver ground-breaking scientific discoveries, innovative research-led teaching, and transformative treatments for auditory, audiological and ENT problems."