UCL Ear Institute


Research units and labs draft

Our academics are at the forefront of exciting research that is shaping the future of audiology. Find out about the different research areas we focus on.

Biophysics and Molecular Biology of Mechanosensation lab

Research in our lab is dedicated to the very early stages of hearing, namely the process of mechanosensory transduction.

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Ashmore lab

The focus of our lab is the cellular mechanisms within the cochlea.

Inner ear

Bizley lab

Our research seeks to link the patterns of neural activity in auditory cortex to our perception of the world around us.

Chait lab

Chait lab (auditory cognitive neuroscience)

In the Chait lab we focus on auditory cognitive neuroscience. We research how listeners use sounds in order to learn about, and interact with, their surroundings.

Ear cells

Daudet lab

Our lab investigates the development and regeneration of the inner ear. 


Dawson lab

Our lab uses genetics to find out what goes wrong in hearing loss, especially age related hearing loss which is very common.

stress granules in ear

Gale lab

Our lab investigates the cellular and molecular mechanisms of damage, repair and regeneration in the inner ear.

ear nerve cells

Jagger lab

Our lab investigates mechanisms of cochlear homeostasis and sensory transduction, and the cellular basis of hearing loss in ciliary diseases.

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Linden lab

Our lab seeks to understand how complex, temporally varying sounds (such as speech) are represented and analysed by neurons in the auditory cortex and thalamus.

hearing loss

Clinical audiology research lab

Our lab looks at improving outcomes for children with hearing loss by investigating diagnostic and therapeutic audiology interventions.

Ear cells

Bowl lab

Our research involves utilising the mouse for the identification and study of genes required for mammalian hearing, and the molecular processes underlying hearing loss. 

mosquito hearing

Mosquito molecular neuroscience lab

The mosquito ear is one of the most complex sensory organs in insects. In our lab, we try to disentangle the complexities of the mosquito auditory physiology and to apply our findings to develop novel approaches to develop field interventions to control mosquito populations.