Postdoctoral and Graduate Student Positions are available to study sensory encoding and synaptopathy in the inner ear. To inquire send your CV, 3 references, and a description of your research interests to RutherfordM@ent.wustl.edu

The Rutherford Lab is focused on sensory encoding. We study how sound is transduced by the inner ear into action potentials in the auditory nerve.

Our overall goal is to know what makes different the sound-response properties and excitotoxic vulnerabilities of auditory nerve fibers in the cochlea. We consider the combined effects of presynaptic, postsynaptic, and spike generator heterogeneities.