Amanda Lauer, Ph.D.

Assistant ProfessorJohns Hopkins Medicine

Dr. Lauer trained in the Center for Evolutionary Biology of Hearing at the University of Maryland, College Park, and received her Ph.D. in Psychology with a concentration in Integrative Neuroscience in 2006. After her postdoctoral research in the Department of Otolaryngology-HNS at Johns Hopkins University, she joined the faculty as an Instructor in 2011 and was promoted to Assistant Professor in 2013. She has served on the Office of Women in Science Advisory board for the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the scientific advisory board for the Hyperacusis Research Foundation, the Johns Hopkins Summer Internship Program review panel, the Animal Research and Diverisity Committees of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, and as a member of an NIDCD workshop on noise-induced synaptopathy. She has also served as a grant reviewer for the Department of Defense, the NIH, and several foundations and as a manuscript reviewer for numerous journals. Dr. Lauer serves as a key faculty member in the Structure and Function of the Auditory and Vestibular System course at Johns Hopkins and teaches in other Neuroscience-related courses. She also serves as part of the organizing faculty for the Jackson Laboratory Mouse as an Instrument for Ear Research and as a faculty member for the Marine Biological Laboratory Biology of the Inner Ear course.

The overall goal of the Lauer Lab is to understand how abnormal auditory input from the ear affects the brainstem, and how the brain in turn affects activity in the ear through efferent feedback loops. The emphasis is on understanding the effects of different forms of acquired hearing loss (genetic, conductive, noise-induced, age-related, traumatic brain injury-related) and environmental noise. The lab is particularly interested in plastic changes in the brain that compensate for some aspects of altered auditory input, and how those changes relate to central auditory processing deficits, tinnitus, and hyperacusis. Understanding these changes will help refine therapeutic strategies and identify new targets for treatment. The lab collaborates with other labs in the Depts. of Otolaryngology, Neuroscience, Neuropathology, the Wilmer Eye Institute, and the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins, in addition to labs outside the university to increase the impact and clinical relevance of the research. Dr. Lauer’s work has received support from the NIH, American Hearing Research Foundation, National Organization for Hearing Research, Capita Foundation, Action on Hearing Loss, Tinnitus Research Consortium, Johns Hopkins University Catalyst Award, and the David M. Rubenstein Fund for Hearing Research.
Sep 20 8:30 AM Tuesday, September 20, 2016 8:30am Lecture: Deafness genes in humans    
9:15am    Lecture: Deafness genes in mouse mutants and mouse models in the IMPC    
10:00am    Coffee break    
10:15am    Inner ear development    
11:00am    Inner ear development: Planar cell polarity
12:00pm    Lunch at Highseas    
12:45pm    Van shuttle to Research Lab    
1:00pm    5 hour Teaching Lab workshop(s)    Behavior, ABR, VsEP, DPOAE, tympanometry
6:00pm    Van shuttle to Highseas    
6:30pm    Dinner at High Seas    
7:00pm free evening
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.