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.


Fatima Ali

Expertise: The role of sound offsets in speech-in-noise perception. Supervisors: Prof Jennifer Linden, Prof Doris-Eva Bamiou
Funded by: ERC

Asma Awad

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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Ziqi Chen

Expertise: Mechanisms of Eph-Ephrin Signalling Pathways and Myosin II in Inner Ear Compartment Boundary Formation. Supervisors: Dr Nicolas Daudet, Dr David Wilkinson

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Fitim Fetahu

Expertise: Protection of inner hair cells from lethal injury: preventing progression to profound hearing loss. Supervisors: Dr Ruth Taylor and Prof Andrew Forge


Atilla Frater

Expertise: Electro-acoustic cochlear implant modeling. Supervisors: Torsten Marquardt, Dan Jagger

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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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Gregory Heard

Expertise: Cellular mechanisms of inner ear fluid homeostasis involving osmosensitive ion channels. Supervisor: Dr Dan Jagger

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Mingyue Hu

Expertise: Auditory cognitive neuroscience: how our brain processes the sound. Supervisors: Prof Maria Chait

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Stephanie Juniat

Expertise: A stem cell-derived model system for inner ear sensory epithelia. Supervisors: Jonathan Gale and Martin Birchall

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Assel Kashkenbayeva

Expertise: Auditory behavior and Circadian clock research in Drosophila. Supervisors: Joerg Albert and Jonathan Ashmore

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Anika Kaura

Area of expertise: Specialist registrar in ENT surgery and Clinical Research Fellow. My research focuses on evaluation of the nasal airway, the development of objective tools in Rhinology; and the improvement of patient treatment pathways in primary and secondary care. Supervisors: Mr Peter Andrews & Dr Terence Leung (Dept of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering).


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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Rishi Mandavia

Expertise: Accelerating the translation, uptake and adoption of sustainable innovative therapies for hearing loss in the NHS. Developing methodological frameworks that can be applied to make evidence based decisions on novel innovations in the NHS. Guidelines and policy development in ENT, Hearing and Balance Research. Supervisor: Anne Schilder
Funded by: National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), University College London Hospitals (UCLH) Biomedical Research Centre (BRC); and NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) North Thames.

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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).


Kinjal Mehta

Expertise: Assessment and validation of hearing aid fittings using electrophysiological and functional measures for improving speech and language outcomes for infants with hearing loss. Supervisors: Debi Vickers and Merle Mahon


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

Bhavisha Parmar

Bhavisha Parmar

Expertise: Assessment of spatial hearing to optimise binaural hearing aid fittings. Supervisors Dr Jenny Bizley & Dr Debi Vickers
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”


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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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Silvia Prades

Expertise: Purinergic signalling in the auditory nerve: understanding how spiral ganglion neurons and glial cells communicate. Supervisors: Dr Dan Jagger and Prof Jonathan Gale

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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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Rosy Southwell

Expertise: Neural processing of patterns in sound, Supervisors: Dr Maria Chait and Prof Karl Friston

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Nattawan Utoomprurkporn

Expertise: Audiovestibular medicine, auditory processing, cognitive neuroscience, Alzheimer and dementia. Supervisors: Prof.Doris Bamiou, Dr.Sergi Costafreda.
Funded by: Thai red cross organization - King Chulalongkorn Memorial hospital.


Letizia Vestito

Expertise: Use of novel genomic techniques to identify novel genes associated with Hearing Loss within the 100,000 Genome project. Supervisors: Prof. Maria Bitner-Glindzicz and Dr. Sally Dawson.
Funded by: UCL NIHR BRC in Deafness and Hearing Problems

Helena Wells

Helena Wells

Expertise: The genetics of age-related hearing loss. Supervisor: Dr Sally Dawson


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”