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Dáibhid Ó Maoiléidigh, PI

Dr. Ó Maoiléidigh received his BA in Theoretical Physics and MSc in High-Performance Computing from Trinity College Dublin through a full scholarship from the Irish Government. He then received his PhD in Physics from Rutgers University, where he studied pausing in transcription elongation using mathematical and computational approaches. Dr. Ó Maoiléidigh first began to work in the field of hearing research as a Guest Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems. He described how the cochlear amplifier arises from a combination of two forms of active motility in the mammalian cochlea. As a Postdoctoral Associate and Research Associate in The Rockefeller University, he developed models of cochlear mechanics, hair-bundle motility, and synaptic dynamics. A model of hair-bundle motility explained mechanistically how it is possible for hair bundles to have a different function in hearing organs in comparison to balance organs. Under Dr. Ó Maoiléidigh’s guidance, several predictions of this model were verified using a novel experimental system.

Dr. Ó Maoiléidigh founded the annual Sense to Synapse conference in 2012. This meeting brings researchers together who use experimental or computational methods to study any aspect of sensory perception.

Dáibhid Ó Maoiléidigh joined the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Stanford University in May of 2017. His group uses mathematical and computational approaches to study hearing and balance disorders.

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Victoria Ou

Victoria Ou is currently a Master’s student at Stanford University studying Mechanical Engineering, with a focus on biomechanics. She received her BSE in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University, where she completed a thesis on simulating the touch cells’ responses to different stimuli in the hand. Victoria also worked in the Leonard Lab, where she helped implement the AprilTag visual fiducial system in an underwater robotic system. Under Dr. Ó Maoiléidigh, she hopes to learn more about cochlear mechanics and to contribute to this dynamic field.

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Zenghao Zhu

Zenghao Zhu received his BS in Thermal Energy and Power Engineering from China Jiliang University in 2012. At the same university, he got his second bachelor’s degree in Law in 2012. He finished his master’s study in Power Engineering at the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology in 2015. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from Villanova University in Mechanical Engineering in 2019. Zenghao is currently a postdoctoral scholar in Dr. Ó Maoiléidigh’s lab and is creating models of hair-bundle mechanics and mechanotransduction in hair bundles.

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Marzena Sasnal

Marzena Sasnal received her BA in International Relations from Wroclaw University, Poland. At the same university, she concurrently studied sociology and after completing the 5-Year BA/MA Program, she received her MA in Sociology with a specialization in Communication and Market Research. She has recently obtained her Ph.D. in Social Science with a specialization in Sociology of Migration, also from Wroclaw University. She is interested in education, public health, and migration research. She provides administrative support to Dr. Ó Maoiléidigh and his team.


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George Liu

George Liu has a BA in Physics from Princeton University and is currently a Resident in Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery at Stanford University. George has published several papers in hearing and other fields. During his time in the Ó Maoiléidigh lab, George studied the electrical response of the auditory system to sound.

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Wisam Reid

Wisam Reid has a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science along with a Minor in Music from UC Berkeley. After completing an MA in Music Science and Technology at Stanford, Wisam joined the Ó Maoiléidigh lab in 2017 to study hair-bundle cohesion. Wisam is presently a PhD candidate in the Speech & Hearing Bioscience & Technology (SHBT) program at Harvard Medical School.