UCL Ear Institute

Prof Jonathan Ashmore

Prof Jonathan Ashmore

Bernard Katz Professor of Biophysics

Neuro, Physiology & Pharmacology

Div of Biosciences

Joined UCL
1st Aug 1996

Research summary

My work addresses a variety of cellular mechanisms of hearing. Using a variety of biophysical techniques I work on the mechanisms of electromotility in cochlear outer hair cells. Using confocal imaging I have been working on the mechanisms of synaptic release at the ribbon synapse of the inner hair cells, combining electrophysiology and multiphoton imaging. Using large scale computational models I work on the patterning of electrical current flow in the cochlea during stimulation by sound. More recently I have become interested in potassium channel function in early auditory processing and the nature and origin of tinnitus.


University College London
MSc, Physiology | 1974
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
PhD, Theoretical Physics | 1971
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
DIC, Theoretical Physics | 1969
University of Sussex
BSc, Mathematical Physics | 1968