Sunil Puria, Ph.D.

Harvard Medical School

Associate Professor of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery
SHBT Director of Admissions

Massachusetts Eye and Ear 

Amelia Peabody Scientist

Research Summary

Research Area Affiliations

Research Summary

Dr. Sunil Puria studies fundamental and applied cochlear and middle ear mechanics. His efforts to provide an understanding of auditory mechanisms with mathematical models rooted in realistic anatomy and material properties have been fruitful in the past, and will be further developed through his continued research. His repertoire includes finite element modeling, laser Doppler vibrometry and the use of modern imaging techniques such as OCT, two-photon and micro-CT into his research.

Select Publications

Cochlear outer-hair-cell power generation and viscous fluid loss. Wang Y, Steele CR, Puria S. Nature Sci Rep. 2016 Jan 21;6:19475. doi: 10.1038/srep19475.

Cytoarchitecture of the mouse organ of corti from base to apex, determined using in situ two-photon imaging. Soons JA, Ricci AJ, Steele CR, Puria S. J Assoc Res Otolaryngol. 2015 Feb;16(1):47-66. doi: 10.1007/s10162-014-0497-1. Epub 2014 Oct 28.

The importance of the hook region of the cochlea for bone-conduction hearing. Kim N, Steele CR, Puria S. Biophys J. 2014. 107(1):233-241.

The discordant eardrum. Fay JP, Puria S, Steele CR. P Natl Acad Sci USA. 2006. 103(52):19743-19748.

Measurements of human middle ear forward and reverse acoustics: Implications for otoacoustic emissions. Puria S. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 2003. 113(5):2773-2789.

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1983: BE, Electrical Engineering, City College of New York
1985: MS, Electrical Engineering, Columbia University
1991: PhD, Electrical Engineering, City University of New York

Postgraduate Training

1991 - 1994: Postdoctoral fellowship: Eaton-Peabody Laboratory, Mass. Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Professional Memberships

1987 - present: Acoustical Society of America (Technical Committee, 2014–2017)
1995 - present: Association for Research in Otolaryngology (2008-2011–External Relations Committee, 2014-2017–Long Range Planning Committee)
2012 - present: Biophysical Society


1991: NRSA Fellowship, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
1996: Shannon Award, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
2010: Best Paper Award, COMSOL 2010 Conference
2015: Fellow, Acoustical Society of America

Editorial Roles (select)

Reviewer, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
Reviewer, Hearing Research
Reviewer, Journal of Biomechanics
Reviewer, Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology
Reviewer, Otology & Neurology Journal
Reviewer, Ear and Hearing
Reviewer, PLOS ONE