Laboratory of Brain, Hearing, and Behavior
Oregon Hearing Research Center, Oregon Health & Science University

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Stephen David
Associate Professor, Otolaryngology
Stephen joined the Oregon Hearing Research Center at OHSU in 2012. In addition to his primary appointment in the Department of Otolaryngology, he has joint appointments in Behavioral Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering. He is also affiliated with the Neuroscience Graduate Program, where he co-organizes courses on Systems Neuroscience and computer programming. Before coming to OHSU, Stephen completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Shihab Shamma in the Neural Systems Laboratory at the University of Maryland.  In May 2004, he completed a Ph.D. in Bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley (joint program with UCSF), studying vision and attention with Jack Gallant.

Links: Curriculum vitae


Brad Buran
Research Scientist
Brad Buran joined the lab as a postdoctoral fellow after previous training at the Liberman lab at Harvard and the Sanes lab at NYU and a brief stint in industry. He is interested in auditory perception and long-term plasticity resulting from hearing loss. He organizes the OHRC Data Club and is developing courses in computer programming for neuroscience students at OHSU.


Mateo Lopez Espejo
NGP Student
Mateo joined the lab in Fall 2017, after completing his undergraduate work at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. His interests are in the neural circuits for temporal integration of natural sounds.


Greg Hamersky
NGP Student
Greg joined the lab in 2019 and is interested in the representation of natural sounds in the auditory system.


Jereme Wingert
Behavioral Neuroscience Student
Jereme completed his undergraduate degree at Washington State University and continued working there as a research assistant with Barb Sorg studying mechanisms underlying reward-seeking behavior. He joined the lab in 2022 and is interested in understanding intra-areal communication by neural populations.


Michéla Mondesir
NGP Student
Michéla completed her B.A. in Biology at Virginia Union University before coming to OHSU to complete her Ph.D. in 2022. She is working jointly with the David and Reiss labs to understand the processes that underlie binaural fusion.


Jacob Penningtion
Research Assistant
Jake is a Ph.D. student in the Math Department at Washington State University, Vancouver. His interest in the lab is in auditory neural encoding models.


Sean Elkins
Research Assistant
Sean completed his undergraduate work in Micro and Molecular Biology at Portland State University. He is a working jointly with the David and Nuttall labs on studies related to peripheral hearing loss.


This could be you!
Postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, summer interns
We are looking for enthusiastic new lab members! The lab is open to rotation students from the OHSU Neuroscience Graduate Program and Behavioral Neuroscience Department.

More information about specific positions now available in the LBHB can be found here.

Former lab members


Sean Slee
Postdoctoral Fellow
Sean joined the lab after completing his Ph.D. in Biophysics at the University of Washington and a subsequent postdoctoral position at Johns Hopkins University. He is interested in studying behavioral effects on early auditory representations.


Ivar Thorson
Research Software Developer
Ivar completed his Ph.D. in Robotics at the Italian Institute of Technology. He worked in the lab on analysis and computational modeling of nonlinear systems. In 2018, he moved on to work at Nike Research and on his robotics start-up company.


Jean Liénard
Data Scientist
Jean is a mathematician and data scientist interested in using informatics tools to characterize the impact of professional mentorship on academic research careers. Before joining the group, he completed a Ph.D. with Benoît Girard at the Pierre and Marie Curie University and postdoctoral work with Alex Dimitrov and Nikolay Strigul at Washington State University. He is now a postdoctoral fellow at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology.


Leah Schwartz
Postdoctoral Fellow
Leah graduated from the OHSU NGP program in 2020. As a postdoctoral fellow, she examined questions around the role of mentorship in academic professional development. She is now working as a data scientist in the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute.


Luke Shaheen
Postdoctoral Fellow
Luke completed his Ph.D. in the Harvard-MIT HST program in Spring 2016, working in the lab of Charlie Liberman on problems related to hearing loss from chronic moderate noise exposure. As a postdoc in the lab, studied circuit that provide top-down control of auditory representation. Luke is now a scientist at Decibel Therapeutics.


Jesyin Lai
Postdoctoral Fellow
Jesyin completed her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Purdue University, where she worked with Ed Bartlett on problems of age-related hearing loss. She is interested in questions of how auditory cortex learns complex natural sound representations.


Daniela Saderi
Graduate Student
Daniela is a graduate student in the Neuroscience Graduate Program. She arrived at OHSU after completing a master's degree at the University of Trieste and a fellowship at the Italian Institute of Technology.


Charles Heller
NGP Student
Charlie started in the OHSU Neuroscience Graduate Program in 2016. He completed his undergraduate work at St. Olaf College in 2016, where he majored in Physics and performed research in the retina. His interest in is computational modeling, especially of neuronal population dynamics.


Henry Cooney
Research Assistant
Henry recently joined the lab as a research assistant. He completed his B.A. in Psychology at Reed College in 2011, where he completed a senior research project studying the role of endocannabinoids in emotional memory with Paul Currie. He has moved on to pursue a graduate degree in electrical engineering.


Will Chertoff
Will Chertoff is a recent graduate from Kansas State University who programmed the overhaul for the front- and back ends of the the Academic Tree project. He is now a web designer in Portland.


Scott Leedy
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Scott worked in the lab during our initial setup in Summer 2012. He completed a B.A. at the University of Oregon in political science and is interested long-term in a career in medicine.


Kathryn Schelonka
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Kathryn majored in Psychology at Reed College and worked on data analysis projects in the lab during the summer of 2013.


Ben Mayinger
Summer Student
Ben is a student at Lincoln High School in Portland who has helped with behavioral training and computational analysis in the summers of 2015 and 2016.


Ulysses Duckler
Research Assistant
Ulysses recently graduated from the University of Oregon and is interested in gaining experience studying sensory systems as he prepares to apply to graduate school in neuroscience.


Noaf Shofer
Summer Student
Noah is an undergraduate at Reed College majoring in Physics and pursuing a newly discovered interest in neuroscience. His work at OHSU in summer 2017 is funded by a Reed Opportunity Fellowship. His project is exploring ways to integrate behavioral state into auditory encoding models.


George Chakalos
Research Assistant
George recently completed his undergraduate studies in neuroscience at Skidmore College. He is interested in computational modeling and is currently working on the Academic Family Tree project.


Ronan O'Shea
Summer Student
Ronan is an undergraduate at Brown University, where he is majoring in Neuroscience. As a participant in the NGP summer research program, he has joined the lab to study the computational modeling of sensory systems.


Kawther Elolaimi
Summer Student
Kawther is a student at Washington State University in Vancouver. She is interested in experimental neuroscience.

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