Lavinia Sheets, PhD

Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology (Head & Neck Surgery) and Developmental Biology

Hair cells are the exquisitely sensitive sensory receptors of the auditory and vestibular systems. Research in the Sheets Lab focuses on understanding mechanisms of damage to hair-cell organs exposed to noise or ototoxic drugs and discovering cellular processes that drive repair following damage. We use the zebrafish model for our research. Zebrafish lateral-line organs contain hair cells on the surface of the body that are analogous to human hair cells yet are easily accessible. Additionally, we take advantage of the zebrafish’s ability to regenerate complex tissues to identify novel strategies for restoring damaged hair cells and innervating nerves in humans.

Research keywords: sensory neuroscience; regeneration; zebrafish

Basic information

Mentoring statement:Find it here.
Some former postdocs’ career outcomes:Kyle Newton, PhD, Research Associate, Sensory & Cognitive Ecology, Oregon State University
David Lee, MD, PGY 4 Resident, Department of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Postdoc openings within the next year

Number of postdoc positions:2
Postdoc eligibility:U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents
Current Visa-Holding Trainees in the U.S.
International Trainees Outside the U.S.