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Thane Emerson Benson Ph.D., J.D.


An electron microscope is used to study synapses of neurons of the auditory system. The aim of this research is to better understand the connections and function of the auditory system ultimately to alleviate hearing disabilities in people.


1. Benson TE, Brown MC. Ultrastructure of synaptic input to medial olivocochlear
neurons. J Comp Neurol 499: 244-57, 2006.

2. Benson TE, Lee DJ, Brown MC. Synaptic terminals on middle ear muscle motoneurons: Vesicle morphometry. Assoc Res Otolaringol Abstr, 2009.

3. Lee DJ, Benson TE, Brown MC. Diverse synaptic terminals on rat stapedius
motoneurons. J Res Otolaryngol 9: 321-333, 2008.