Camille Tardieu is an Action on Hearing Loss PhD student at the UCL Ear Institute
Passionate about sensory neuroscience and mechanisms underlying neurodegeneration, I embarked on a PhD titled “Establishing a Drosophila model for noise-induced hearing loss” in the Albert lab at the Ear Institute in September 2014. Since then, I have aimed to identify, and characterise, signatures of homeostasis in the fly’s ear, the Johnston’s organ. I am more specifically interested in how sensitive mechanotransduction is maintained in health and challenged by trauma and ageing. I use an array of tools – from molecular biology to electrophysiology – to assess the auditory system’s function and integrity, hoping to characterise the key molecular events underlying noise-induced hearing loss.