Sherri M. Jones, Ph.D.

Professor Chair, Dept. of Spec. Educ. & Commun. Dis. Director, Barkley Memorial CenterUniversity of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

I am formally trained in sensory neuroscience research and have nearly 30 years experience in surgery and
neurophysiological research using a variety of animal models. Methodological expertise includes single unit
and evoked potential electrophysiology, otoacoustic emissions, and vestibulo-­ocular reflex (VOR) recordings in
mice. For the past 15 years, I have been investigating the influence of genetic and/or environmental factors
that may affect auditory and vestibular development and aging. To do this, my laboratory developed a
noninvasive measurement technique for directly recording compound action potentials from the vestibular
nerve in small rodents. We have measured auditory and vestibular function in a wide variety of genetic mutant
strains of mice to determine the role genes may play in vestibular dysfunction, and the differential effects of
mutations on the two sensory modalities. Mouse mutants with specific vestibular deficits (e.g., lack otoconia)
are also being used to examine adaptation to altered gravity environments and to determine the anatomical,
physiological and behavioral consequences of vestibular sensory deprivation.
Sep 21 8:30 AM Wednesday, September 21, 2016 8:30am Lecture:  Hair Bundle Proteomics     
9:15am Lecture: Hair cells and mechanotransduction    
10:00am Coffee break    
10:15am Van shuttle to Research Lab    
10:30am 1.5 hour Teaching Lab workshop: begin dissections of cochlea and utricle in adults and neonates
12:00pm Lunch at Roscoe's    
1:00pm 5 hour Teaching Lab workshop(s)    continue dissections and cultures, paint fill demo
6:00pm    Van shuttle to Highseas    
6:30pm    Dinner at High Seas    
7:30pm Talk - Neuronal aspects of the inner ear    afferent and efferent innervation of the inner ear
8:15pm Talk - Neuronal aspects of the inner ear    CNS structures, cochlear nucleus, MNTB etc.