Michelle D. Valero, Ph.D.

Research Summary

Research Area Affiliations

Research Summary

Dr. Valero received her PhD in neurobiology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She subsequently completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in the Eaton-Peabody Laboratories at Mass. Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School under the guidance of Dr. Charles Liberman, where she investigated the diagnostic utility of the middle-ear muscle reflex for identifying cochlear synaptopathy using the mouse. Currently, she is investigating the effects of aging and noise trauma on cochlear histopathologies in New and Old World non-human primates. She is also the Associate Director of Anatomy and Physiology at Akouos, Inc.

Select Publications

Noise-induced cochlear synaptopathy in rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta). Valero MD, Burton J, Hauser S, Hackett T, Ramachandran R, Liberman MC. Hear. Res. 2017;353,213–223.

The middle-ear muscle reflex in the diagnosis of cochlear neuropathy. Valero MD, Hancock KE, Liberman MC. Hear. Res. 2016;332,29–38.

Toward a diagnosis of cochlear neuropathy with envelope following responses. Shaheen LA, Valero MD, Liberman MC. J. Assoc. Res. Otolaryngol. 2015;16(6):727–725.

Reliability of distortion-product otoacoustic emissions in the common marmoset (Callithrix jacchus). Valero MD, Ratnam R. Hear. Res. 2011;282(1–2):265–271.

Effect of prenatal androgens on click-evoked otoacoustic emissions in male and female sheep (Ovis aries). McFadden D, Pasanen EG, Valero MD, Roberts EK, Lee TM. Horm. Behav. 2009;55(1),98–105. 

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2012: PhD, Neurobiology, University of Texas at San Antonio
2008: MS, Biology, University of Texas at San Antonio
2004: BS, Biology, University of Texas at San Antonio

Postgraduate Training

2013–2017: Postdoctoral Fellowship, Mass. Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School

Professional Memberships

Association for Research in Otolaryngology
American Society of Primatologists
National Hearing Conservation Association

Awards and Honors

2006–2008; 2011–2012: Trainee, Minority Biomedical Research Support-Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement, University of Texas at San Antonio

Editorial Roles 

Ad hoc reviewer: Hearing Research, JARO, International Journal of Audiology, Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience