Ruth C Holton Professor
Eri is an Auditory Neuroscientist with more than 20 years of experience in studying development and regeneration of the inner ear. She has broad research experience in cellular, molecular, developmental and behavioral neurosciences.
Assistant Research Professor
Jing joined the lab after receiving his PhD in Biology from Indiana University. He is a developmental biologist with a strong interest in biotechnology. He has extensive experience in CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing technology and is currently working on the CHARGE syndrome project.
Takashi is a neurotologist trained in Japan. he has extensive research experience in molecular/cellular biology, and is currently working on a project to determine a signaling pathway for cochlear lineage specification during inner ear organoid development.
Emma is a PhD candidate in the Anatomy and Cell Biology Graduate Program. Her thesis project is to elucidate the role for Sonic Headgehog (SHH) signaling in dorso-ventral and vestibulo-cochlear specification during human inner ear organoid development.
Joel joined the lab after receiving his Bachelor's degree in Biology from Taylor University. He is currently studying temporal progression of human hair cell differentiation in vitro using several reporter stem cell lines.
Emily recently joined the lab after receiving her Bachelor's degree in Microbiology from Bowling Green State University. She is the lab manager for Rick Nelson's group and is getting proficient with 3D culture and fluorescence and confocal microscopy.
Jade joined the lab in 2017 after receiving her Master's degree in Biomedical Science from Ulster University in Northern Ireland. She is working on optimizing our organoid differentiation protocol, assisting with transgenic stem cell derivation and also maintaining the lab as the lab manager.
Rick is a surgeon-investigator pursuing his independent research in the lab. His current research is focused on elucidating the mechanisms underlying hair cell degeneration caused by mutations in TMPRSS3, using stem cell technology and genomics.
Pei-Ciao is a post-doctoral fellow in the Nelson group. She received her PhD from Louisiana State University, where she had studied hair cell repair proteins. She is investigating the role for TMPRSS3 in hair cell maintenance and survival using mouse inner ear organoids as a model system.
Yoshi is a cellular neuroscientist with research experience in perinatal brain development. His research interests lie in recapitulating neurodevelopmental disorders with human pluripotent stem cells in 3D culture. In particular, he is interested in CHARGE syndrome and Down syndrome.
Daniel is a 4th-year medical student at IUSM and carrying out his one-year resarch term as a MedSTAR scholar. He has extensive research experience in computational biology and is pursuing a project on BMP signaling in human inner ear organoid development using single-cell RNA-seq.
Stephen joined the lab after receiving his Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Indiana University. He is currently generating and characterizing human otic progenitor reporter stem cell lines.
Senior Res. Assistant
Naomi received her MD-PhD degrees from Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine in Japan. She is generating and validating several reporter stem cell lines using CRISPR/Cas9.
Rad is a second-year medical student with clinical interest in Otolaryngology. He is originally from Poland and moved to the US at the age of 13. He is pursuing a project to elucidate the role for TMPRSS3 in hair cell maintenance using a genetically mosaic organoid system.
Sidrah is a sophomore student at IU Bloomington, majoring in Biology. She is studying the effects of different substrates on organoid formation and differentiation.