Richard Altschuler
Richard Altschuler

Research Description

Mechanisms and disorders of activity dependent plasticity in the auditory brainstem, tissue engineering in the cochlea A major research area is the study of the molecular mechanisms associated with activity dependent plasticity in the auditory pathways. We examine normal function, changes with deafness and how dysfunctions in the short term and long term response contribute to auditory disorders such as tinnitus. In the inner ear we are developing tissue engineering to enhance auditory nerve survival and regrowth following deafness and the use of exogenous and endogenous stem cells to replace lost auditory nerve and form new connections with cochlear prostheses. We also study molecular mechanisms that contribute to age-related hearing disorders including changes in the stress response and changes in transmitters, receptors and ion channels.


Ph.D. University of Minnesota
Ph.D. University of Minnesota Ph.D. University of Minnesota