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Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery

Eaton-Peabody Laboratories

Founded in 1958, the Eaton-Peabody Laboratories (EPL) comprise of a multidisciplinary group of more than 20 investigators within 11 research units dedicated to the study of hearing and deafness, with a primary focus on acoustics and biomechanics, inner ear biology, and central auditory processing.

About Our Research

Together, our clinicians and basic scientists bring together scientific strengths in neuroanatomy, physiology, psychology, pharmacology, electrical engineering, physics, mathematics, molecular biology, immunology, cell biology, and genetics. The research interests of our group span the auditory system from: 

  • Peripheral to central
  • Animal model to human patient
  • Normal to abnormal function
  • Neurophysiology to behavior
  • The molecular and genetic bases of deafness to its treatment via hearing aids and auditory implants

We also invest our efforts into developing stem-cell-based strategies to rebuild the damaged inner ear. Most projects involve collaborations among multiple investigators, and most investigators participate in multiple projects.

Doctoral research can be carried out with our faculty under the Program in Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology (SHBT), administered through the Division of Medical Sciences at Harvard Medical School.

Our Investigators

EPL Cores

Our imaging, engineering, and histology resources also play an integral role in the work of the Eaton-Peabody Laboratories.