Laboratory Staff

Jenny X. Chen

Jenny ChenJenny X. Chen is a medical student at Harvard Medical School. She previously studied Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology at Harvard College with a minor in Global Health and Health Policy. Her current research is conducted jointly in the labs of Dr. Daniel J. Lee and Dr. Daniel B. Polley, and focuses on using optogenetics to improve auditory implants.

Ed Hight

Ed Hight_cropIn the ABI lab, Ed hopes to explore different ways to improve auditory neuroprosthetics (e.g. auditory brainstem implant and cochlear implants). His present interests include exploring the capabilities of light stimulation of neurons via the use of optogenetic tools and identifying the feasibility of employing these tools in a next-generation auditory brainstem implant (ABI). Additionally, Ed is interested in retrospective studies of how current Auditory Brainstem Implants (i.e. electrical neurostimulators) are able to provide speech cues in some but not all patients.

Ed Hight is a PhD student in Harvard Medical School’s (HMS) Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology (SHBT) program. He comes into the lab with prior research experience with whole cell patch clamp recordings and neuron modeling of vestibular ganglion neurons at Radha Kalluri’s lab in Los Angeles, CA. Ed has a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Saint Louis University and a M.S. in Medical Device and Diagnostic Engineering with a concentration on neural implant engineering from the University of Southern California.

Alyson Kaplan

Alyson KaplanAlyson Kaplan, B.A. is a medical student in the Accelerated B.A./M.D. program at Boston University School of Medicine. She graduated summa cum laude from Boston University with a major in Medical Sciences and a minor in Psychology. She recently completed her third year of medical school and is now taking a year to pursue research full-time with Dr. Daniel Lee. Her current research focuses on development of an optogenetics-based auditory implant and endoscopic ear surgery.

Elliot D. Kozin, M.D.

Elliott KozinElliott D. Kozin, M.D. graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in History from the University of Pennsylvania, and received his medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. During medical school, he spent a year at the National Institutes of Health in Dr. Bechara Kachar's laboratory investigating the role of non-muscle myosin II in the inner ear as part of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Scholars program. He recently completed his PGY2 year of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery residency at the Harvard Combined Program in Otolaryngology. As one of the seven-year research track residents, he is in his first of two years of research as part of a NIH T32 grant. His current research with Dr. Daniel Lee focuses on employing optogenetics to improve cochlear and auditory brainstem implant technology.

Ashton Lehmann

LehmannAshton graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Neuroscience from Middlebury College and is a fourth year student at Harvard Medical School, applying into Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Her previous research has focused on iron deficiency in international adoptees, early-life nutritional disturbances on the developing brain in rodent models, and exploration of potential treatments to rescue cognitive deficits in a rodent model of schizophrenia. She is thrilled to be working in Dr. Daniel J. Lee and Dr. M. Christian Brown’s laboratory to histologically characterize novel approaches to improving auditory brainstem implants.

Parth Shah

Parth ShahParth Shah, B.A. is a medical student in the Accelerated Seven-Year B.A./M.D. program at Boston University School of Medicine. He recently completed his third year of medical school. Parth coordinates the Massachusetts Eye and Ear/Massachusetts General Hospital auditory brainstem implant trials. He also conducts original research endoscopic ear surgery.

Michael Slama

2012SlamaMichaelwebMichael Slama is a medical student at Harvard Medical School. He studied Electrical and Computer Engineering at Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité (Metz, France) and at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he earned a Master’s degree in 2005. In 2011, he obtained a PhD from the Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology (SHBT) Program of the Harvard-MIT division of Health Sciences and Technology. While in the SHBT program, he first worked with Dr. John Rosowski on characterizing middle ear transmission in chinchilla, using hand-made miniature fiber-optic pressure sensors. He then joined Dr. Bertrand Delgutte’s laboratory to study the neural coding of sound envelope in reverberant environments, by performing single-unit recordings in the auditory midbrain of unanesthetized rabbit. His current research with Dr. Daniel Lee focuses on the study of new generation auditory brainstem implants. He is the recipient of a 2012 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans.