Lab Team

Current members





Babak V-Ghaffari, Postdoctoral Researcher, Rutherford Lab, Dept. of Otolaryngology, Washington University School of Medicine (2017 - present)

Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering - Computational Neuroscience, Malaysian-Japan Institute of Technology (2016)

M.S. in Electrical Eng., Digital -  Sharif University of Technology, Iran (2009)

B.S. in Electrical Eng. IAU, Lahijan, Iran (2007)

Associate Degree in Electrical Eng. IAU, Torbat-e-Heydaryeh, Iran (2004)


Xiaochun Jin, PhD

Xiaochun Jin, Inner Ear Researcher, Dept. of Otolaryngology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis (2017-present)

Ph.D. in Physiology and Cell Biology - China Agricultural University, College of Biological Sciences

M.S. in Quantitative Genetics - Beijing Normal University, Department of Biology

B.S. in Biology - Beijing Normal University, Department of Biology,




Shelby Payne, Research Technician, Rutherford Lab, Dept. of Otolaryngology, Washington University School of Medicine (2016 - present)

B.A. Washington University in St. Louis. Major - Classics, Minor - Speech and Hearing Sciences (2016)

Elliot Scholarship, undergraduate (2012 - 2016)



Aizhen Yang-Hood, Inner Ear Researcher, Dept. of Otolaryngology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis (2000-present)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Neurology and Behavior, University of California Irvin in April (1999)

Research Scientist, Department of Neuropharmacology, Beijing Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology (1979-1999)

M.D., Fourth Military Medical University, Xian, China (1976)



Mark A. Rutherford, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Otolaryngology, Washington University in St. Louis (2014-present)

Research Instructor, Dept. of Otolaryngology, Washington University in St. Louis (2012-2014)

Humboldt Fellowship in Auditory Neuroscience, University of Goettingen (2009-2012)

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Institute of Neuroscience, University of Oregon (2005-2009)

Ph.D. Biology, University of Oregon (2005)

B.S. Nutritional Sciences, University of Missouri (1999)



Students

Jason Carlquist, undergraduate

Bethany Davis, Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences

Sonali Gattani, undergraduate

Guhan Iyer, undergraduate

Honey Patel, undergraduate

Allison Schwed, Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences

Natalie Skigen, undergraduate




Alumni


Kyunghee X. Kim

Postdoctoral Researcher, Dept. of Otolaryngology, Stanford University (2016-present)

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dept. of Otolaryngology, Washington University School of Medicine, St.Louis (2014-2016)

PhD in Neuroscience, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin, USA, 2013.
Dissertation: Tonotopic Variation in the Mechanotransducer Channels of Mouse Cochlear Hair Cells.

MS in Biomedical Science, Kansas State University, Kansas, USA, 2010.
Dissertation: Inward-Rectifier Chloride Currents in Reissner’s Membrane Epithelial Cells.

MS in Physics, KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), Daejeon, South Korea, 2005.
Dissertation: Quantum Process Tomography with an Arbitrary Number of Ancillary Qubits in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance.

BS in Physics and Mathematics, Sookmyung Women’s University, Seoul, South Korea, 2003.
Graduated as Second Honor Student in the Division of Natural Science.



Tzu-Lun Ohn, PhD, Postdoc, Center of Advanced European Study and Research (Caesar), Germany (since 2015)

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dept. of Otolaryngology, Washington University School of Medicine (2014)

Ph.D. Neuroscience, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Inner Ear Lab (2009-2013)

BS Zoology,National Taiwan University, Taiwan (2006)

MS Zoology, National Taiwan University, Taiwan (2008)