People Research

Q&A with Jared Hartsock, research lab supervisor

Jared Hartsock, research supervisor, illustrates pet portraits in his spare time
Jared Hartsock examines a specimen of inner ear tissue.

What do you do at WashU?

I am the research lab supervisor in Dr. Alec Salt’s lab and conduct research studies on pharmacokinetics (movements of drugs) in the inner ear. We focus on understanding how quickly a drug spreads inside the ear and the therapeutic levels needed to treat ear disorders. In addition to local drug delivery, we also study drug delivery in combination with cochlear implants.

What attracted you to otolaryngology research? What do you like about what you do?

I was introduced to the field of otolaryngology by my grandfather who was a patient of Dr. John G. Neely [who was at Washington University]. After seeing some of my artwork, Dr. Neely reached out to faculty to see if there were any suitable positions for me. By chance, Dr. Salt was looking for a technician with good eye-hand coordination. After an interview, we hit it off and the rest is history.

I love the experimental aspects of the job and the projects are always changing. The opportunity to perform and teach others complicated techniques brings me the greatest joy. I have been able travel to places throughout the United States, China, and Germany to show people our techniques.

What do you like most about WashU and St. Louis?

A pet portrait created by Jared Hartsock.

I like WashU because it provides great opportunities for almost everyone who is here. I had great opportunities to attend courses and to graduate with a Master’s degree while working full time. I have been an employee for WashU for 15 years. I have many colleagues that I respect and regard as part of my extended family.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time I like to coach my kids in soccer and baseball. My wife and I have three children that keep us very busy. When I am not coaching and playing with my kids, I love to work in my garden and do small landscaping projects.  One important interest that helped land my job at WashU was artwork. I enjoy drawing and providing pet portraits in my spare time.