BS, Chemistry, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), 1984
MS, Biochemistry, UNAM, 1987
PhD, Biochemistry, UNAM, 1991
Post-Doctoral fellowship, Division of Head and Neck, Neurotology 1992-1993, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
Hearing Science, human and animal internal ear anatomy and cellular biology.
My current research is mainly focused on studying the molecular anatomy of the inner (internal) ear of animal models and humans.
Adjunct Professor, Department of Head and Neck Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
I perform two types of teaching activities. First, I participate as Principal Problem Base Learning (PBL) Tutor (Blocks 3, 6, and 7) for 2nd year MS (UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine). Second, I supervise undergraduate students that assist in my laboratory and earn credits for the Biochemistry and Surgery 99, and 199 classes, head and neck surgery research (SU690.01). As Director of the Inner Ear Molecular Anatomy Laboratory in the head and neck division, I am also responsible for the training and supervision of postdoctoral fellows from the USA and abroad, UCLA undergraduates, medical school students, head and neck residents, and PhD candidates in all aspects of experimentation, data gathering and analysis, review and verification of stated hypothesis. I also present lectures to students for the dental school, staff, and faculty in my expertise field.
I supervise daily research activities of my laboratory, maintenance and upgrading of equipment; supervise the harvesting of donors' temporal bones and brain specimens and their preparation for histological examination. Prepare scientific proposals for NIH/NIDCD and TRDRP grants. Review grants from the National Organization for Hearing Research Foundation (NOHRF). Review papers for several scientific journals. Review laboratory's supply and equipment needs and approve purchases, organizing the Brain and Ear Bank and catalog all the specimens generated from the several projects. In coordination with the different PI's I prepare every year renewal of research projects.
My current research is mainly focused on studying the molecular anatomy of the inner (internal) ear of animal models and humans. To study the organization of the internal ear I use a multidisciplinary approach that includes the use of classical anatomical techniques as well as modern cellular and molecular biological methods: immunocytochemistry, transmission electron microscopy, real time RT-PCR (for gene expression) and recently proteomics. I strongly believe that the combination of findings generated with animal and human inner ear research help to understand its normal and pathological function. The main areas of research interest of my laboratory are: