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Research Opportunities

The Harvard Medical School (HMS) Otolaryngology Department maintains an active basic and applied research program representing a broad range of areas in otolaryngology—head and neck surgery. Many of the clinical faculty members are actively engaged in research projects and, in addition, there is a large contingent of full-time research faculty. All laboratories are available for resident participation in research training.

View laboratories, investigators, and current research projects in the HMS Department of Otolaryngology »


Research Track Residency

The HMS Otolaryngology Residency Program offers one research track residency position each year. Supported by a T32-training grant from the NIDCD, the research track residency includes a total of seven years of training: one year of general surgery, four years of otolaryngology—head and neck surgery, and an additional two years devoted entirely to research training. These dedicated research years occur between PGY-2 and 3.


Clinical Track Residency Research Opportunities

Clinical track residents will identify a research project to work on throughout their training and will present annually on their progress. Five months of residency are dedicated to research time, separated into two 10-week blocks occurring in the PGY-3 and PGY-4 years.


Examples of Past Resident Research Projects:

  • “Piezoelectric Sensors for Implantable Otologic Microphones”
  • “The Role of Apoptosis in the Response of HNSCC to Cisplatin Treatment”
  • “Effects of Secreted Factors from Human Vestibular Schwannomas on Murine Cochlear Cells”
  • “Valuing Patient Preferences”
  • “Toward Improved Outcomes for Chronic Rhinosinusitis: An Economic Analysis of Sinus Surgery”
  • “Toward Hair Cell Regeneration: Hic1 Regulation of Atoh1”
  • “Insurance Status and Disparities in Healthcare Utilization in the United States: Acute Rhinosinusitis”
  • “Global Surgery: Access and Macroeconomics”
  • “The Role of Simulation in Otolaryngology Training”


Global Health Research

In addition to research in the Boston area, there are ample opportunities for research in global surgery through the Office of Global Surgery and Health at Mass. Eye and Ear.


CORE Grant Recipients

  • Yin Ren, MD, PhD: "Tumor-penetrating delivery of nanoparticles to human vestibular schwannomas"