Nima Maftoon, Ph.D.

Harvard Medical School

Instructor in Otolaryngology

Massachusetts Eye and Ear 


Research Summary

Research Area Affiliations

Research Summary

Dr. Nima Maftoon’s research goal is to design and implement advanced devices and methods for diagnosis and treatment of conductive hearing loss. Such work requires obtaining fundamental understanding of the mechanical processes involved in hearing as well as developing innovative engineering solutions. He uses and advances knowledge in fields such as biomechanics, solid and fluid mechanics, acoustics, and system identification to solve problems in hearing. His research portfolio includes advanced acoustic and vibration measurements in animal and human ears supplemented with vibration analysis methods and modeling using analytical and computational (finite element and finite volume) mechanics.

Select Publications

Finite-element modelling of the response of the gerbil middle ear to sound. Maftoon N, Funnell WR, Daniel SJ, Decraemer WF. J Assoc Res Otolaryngol. 2015 Oct;16(5):547-67.
PMID: 26197870
PMCID: PMC4569606

Finite-element modelling of the acoustic input admittance of the newborn ear canal and middle ear. Motallebzadeh H, Maftoon N, Pitaro J, Funnell WR, Daniel SJ. J Assoc Res Otolaryngol. 2016 Oct.
PMID: 277180377 

Effect of opening middle-ear cavity on vibrations of gerbil tympanic membrane. Maftoon N, Funnell WR, Daniel SJ, Decraemer WF. J Assoc Res Otolaryngol. 2014 Jun; 15(3):319-34.
PMID: 24452323
PMCID: PMC4010598

Experimental study of vibrations of gerbil tympanic membrane with closed middle ear cavity. Maftoon N, Funnell WR, Daniel SJ, Decraemer WF. J Assoc Res Otolaryngol. 2013 Aug; 14(4):467-81.
PMID: 23624883
PMCID: PMC3705090

Modeling of middle-ear mechanics. Funnell WRJ, Maftoon N, Decraemer WF. pp. 171–210 in The Middle Ear: Science, Otosurgery, and Technology, S. Puria et al. (eds.), Springer, 2013.

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1997: B.Sc.

Mechanical Engineering, University of Tehran
2000: M.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology
2014: Ph.D. BioMedical Engineering, McGill University

Postgraduate Training

2014 - 2016: Postdoctoral training: Otolaryngology, Mass. Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School