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Division of Intramural Research (DIR)

Name Bldg/Room Phone Current Research Initiatives
Office of the Director
Robert J. Wenthold, Ph.D.
Scientific Director
5 Research Court, 2B-28 (301) 402-2829  
David Robinson, Ph.D.
Deputy Scientific Director
5 Research Court, 2B-32 (301) 496-1601  
Carter Van Waes, M.D.
Clinical Director
10 CRC, 4-2732 (301) 402-4216  
Lynne Penn
Chief Administrative Officer
5 Research Court, 2B-22A (301) 402-3365  
Vernary Taylor
Administrative Officer
5 Research Court, 2B-22 (301) 402-3365  
Head and Neck Surgery Branch
Tumor Biology Section
Carter Van Waes, M.D. 10 CRC, 4-2732 (301) 402-4216 Molecular Pathogenesis and Therapy of Cancers Affecting Human Communication
Voice, Speech, and Language Branch
Language Section
Allen Braun, M.D. 10, 8S235A (301) 402-1497 PET and fMRI Activation Studies of Language
Section on Brain Imaging and Modeling
Barry Horwitz, Ph.D. 10, 8S235B (301) 594-7755 Neuromodeling, Functional Brain Imaging, and Language
Otolaryngology Branch
Molecular Biology and Genetics Section
Andrew J. Griffith, M.D., Ph.D. 5 Research Court, 2A-02 (301) 496-1960 Molecular Mechanisms of Genetic Deafness
Laboratory of Molecular Biology
Section on Sensory Cell Regeneration and Development
Doris K. Wu, Ph.D. 5 Research Court, 2B-34 (301) 402-4214 Molecular Basis for the Morphogenesis of the Inner Ear
Section on Neurogenetics
Konrad Noben-Trauth, Ph.D. 5 Research Court, 2A-31 (301) 402-4223 Genetic and Functional Analyses of Mouse Deafness Mutations
Laboratory of Molecular Genetics
Section on Human Genetics
Thomas B. Friedman, Ph.D. 5 Research Court, 2A-19 (301) 496-7882 Molecular Genetics of Hereditary Deafness
Section on Systems Biology of Communication Disorders
Dennis Drayna, Ph.D. 5 Research Court, 2B-46 (301) 402-4930 Genetic Linkage and Positional Cloning in Human Communication Disorders
Laboratory of Cellular Biology
Section on Biophysics
Kuni Iwasa, Ph.D. 50 South Drive, 4-4140 (301) 496-3987 Biophysical Mechanisms of Sensory Transduction
Section on Auditory Mechanics
Richard Chadwick, Ph.D. 10, 5D/49
(301) 435-1957 Biomechanics of Cochlear Fine Tuning
Section on Signal Transduction
John Northup, Ph.D. 5 Research Court, 2A-11 (301) 496-9167 Structure and Function of Signal-Transducing G-Proteins
Developmental Neuroscience Section
Matthew W. Kelley, Ph.D. 35 Convent Dr, 2A100 (301) 435-8075 Development of the Mammalian Cochlea
Laboratory of Neurochemistry
Section on Neurotransmitter Receptor Biology
Robert J. Wenthold, Ph.D. 50 South Drive, 4-4140 (301) 496-6530 Neurochemical Mechanisms of Hearing
Laboratory of Cell Structure and Dynamics
Section on Structural Cell Biology
Bechara Kachar, M.D. 50 South Drive, 4-4140 (301) 402-1600 Molecular Basis of Transduction in Auditory Sensory Organs
Vaccine Research Section
Xing-Xing Gu, M.D. 5 Research Court, 2A-31 (301) 402-3033 Vaccine Development and Molecular Immunity in Otitis media
Section on Synaptic Transmission
Stephan D. Brenowitz, Ph.D. 50 South Drive, 4152 (301) 496-6069 Synaptic Mechanisms of Auditory Signaling
Veterinary Husbandry and Care Program
James McGehee, DVM 5 Research Court, 1B18 (301) 402-0223  

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