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Kresge Hearing Research Institute

Department of Otolaryngology

Dr. Duncan catching some rays

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Molecular Physiology Laboratory

Keith Duncan, Ph.D., Laboratory Director

Our senses rely on transformation, from the touch of a hand, a scent in the air, the sight of a friend, the sound of a child each transformed into a neural code that the brain pulls together into perception. In our laboratory, we are interested in the molecular physiology that underlies the transformation of sound in the cochlea. For this, we focus our attention on a group of sensory cells, so called hair cells, and the nerves that innervate them. We approach the study of these excitable cells in three inter-related areas:

Our goal is to unravel the molecular events that govern ion channel function in the normal and abnormal ear.