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Richard D. Rabbitt


Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Adjunct Professor of Otolaryngology

Rabbitt Faculty profile
Brain and Behavior
Cellular Neuroscience


B.S. 1980, Michigan State University; M.S. 1982, Michigan State University; Ph.D. 1986, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute



Biophysics and neurophysiology of the inner ear

Biomechanics, biophysics and neurophysiology of the inner-ear hair cells, afferent neurons and efferent neurons in the cochlea, semicircular canals and otolith organs. Development of new technologies to measure biophysical properties excitable membrane proteins and exo-endocytosis in model cell lines, cardiac myocytes, and inner-ear hair cells. Examination of infrared photoactivation in organelles and excitable cells. Development of micro-domain voltage clamp using MEMS. The role of prestin and membrane motors in outer hair cell electromotility.

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Last Updated: 2/28/24