UCL Ear Institute


PhD Students

Directory of PhD students currently at the Ear Institute
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Lida Alampounti

Area of expertise: Assessing and optimising audiovisual integration for listening in a mixture of competing sounds.

Supervisors: Professor Jennifer Bizley and Dr Hannah Cooper.

Funded by: National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), University College London Hospitals (UCLH) Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) Hearing Theme and the UCL Ear Institute.

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Asma Awad

Expertise: Establishing a standard realistic ototoxicity monitoring protocol for cancer patients who receive cisplatin chemotherapy and evaluating the feasibility of implementing it.

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Camilla Boschian

Expertise: Stem cell-derived model system of Spiral Ganglion Neuron and Schwann cell.

Supervisors: Prof Jonathan Gale, Dr Daniel Jagger & Prof Martin Birchall.

Funded by: National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), University College London Hospitals (UCLH) Biomedical Research Centre (BRC).

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Carla Griffiths

Area of expertise: Implementing unbiased signal processing to uncover correlations of feature to object-based neural representations to Auditory Cortex layers.

Supervisor: Prof Jennifer Bizley.

Funded by: European Research Council.

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Mingyue Hu

Expertise: Auditory cognitive neuroscience: how our brain processes the sound.

Supervisors: Prof Maria Chait


Natallia Kharytaniuk

Expertise: Phenotyping audio-vestibular function in patients with superficial siderosis, developing speech-in-noise testing as a composite measure for diagnosis, to monitor progression and functional outcomes in patients with hearing loss.

Supervisors: Prof Doris-Eva Bamiou, Prof David Werring, Prof Anne Schilder.

Funded by: University College London Hospitals (UCLH) National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre (BRC)

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Tori Kok

Area of expertise: Optimisation of HD-tDCS as a tool for tinnitus management.

Supervisors: Dr Roland Schaette and Dr Giriraj Shekhawat.

Funded by: UCL-National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) in Deafness and Hearing Problems & UCL Ear Institute


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Brian Lam

Expertise: Understanding changes in neural coding of the auditory nerve caused by degradation in peripheral hearing components.

Supervisor: Nick Lesica

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Jules Lebert

Expertise: Understanding how auditory perception is maintained in the presence of background noise and how auditory-prefrontal interactions support selective listening. 

Supervisor: Prof Jenny Bizley

Funded by: European Research Council

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Jack Martin

Expertise: The role of stress granules in hearing loss.

Supervisors: Dr Sally Dawson and Prof Jonathan Gale.

Funded by: National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), University College London Hospitals (UCLH) Biomedical Research Centre (BRC).


Terry Nunn

Exploring Parameter Variation in Cochlear Implant Fitting to Improve Speech Perception in Difficult Listening Conditions.

Supervisors: Dr Debi Vickers, Dr Tim Green, Professor Dan Jiang

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Alfonso Luca Pendolino

Area of expertise: ENT specialist with a particular interest in Rhinology. Evaluation of treatment modalities for nasal and olfactory dysfunction in patients with NSAID-exacerbated respiratory disease (N-ERD) and without N-ERD.

Supervisors: Peter Andrews, Dr Glenis Scadding & Dr Dan Jagger, Professor Anne Schilder, Professor Carl May, Professor Maroeska Rovers, Professor Doris Bamiou.

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Katarina Poole

Expertise: Elucidating the brain regions and neural pathways that enable auditory streams to be formed and maintained.

Supervisors: Prof Jenny Bizley, Prof Maria Chait


Rafaello Sbordoni

Expertise: Use of tissue-engineering techniques for the development of an in vitro model of human primary bronchi, to be used in an academic and in an industrial setting.

Supervisors: Professor Martin Birchall, Dr James Phillips & Dr Nazia Mehrban.

Funded by: GlaxoSmithKline


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Diya Vaid

Expertise: Neurosciences and qualitative research methods. 

Supervisors: Professor Anne Schilder (UCL Ear Institute) & Professor Fiona Stevenson (UCL Department of Primary Care and Population Health).

Funded by: NIHR UCLH BRC


Letizia Vestito


Supervisors: Prof. Maria Bitner-Glindzicz and Dr. Sally Dawson.

Funded by: UCL NIHR BRC in Deafness and Hearing Problems


Katherine Whitcroft

Expertise: Assessment of clinical olfaction using psychophysics, structural and functional neuroimaging.

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Simona Zingaro

Expertise: Developing a stem cell-derived model system of human inner ear sensory epithelia.

Supervisors: Dr Jonathan Gale, Dr Ivan Wall and Dr Anai Gonzalez-Cordero.

Funded by: UCL National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) in Deafness and Hearing Problems and with support from the “Bnai Brith Leo Baeck Trust Fund”