Our Faculty

Ruth Anne Eatock, PhD

We study mechanosensory signaling by the inner ear. We focus on the mouse utricle, where we have access to mechanosensitive receptor cells and primary afferent neurons. In this simple circuit we can address fundamental neurobiological questions, such as mechanotransduction, the nature of a simple sensory map, how transmission occurs across unique calyceal synapses, and how different kinds of information are encoded in the spike rate and timing of primary afferent neurons.

Caltech
Pasadena CA
PhD - Biology

McGill University
Montreal
B.Sc. - Honours Neurobiology

McGill University
Montreal
M.Sc. - Biology

MIT & Harvard
Cambridge, Boston
- Auditory Physiology

The Remarkable Outer Hair Cell: Proceedings of a Symposium in Honour of W. E. Brownell.
The Remarkable Outer Hair Cell: Proceedings of a Symposium in Honour of W. E. Brownell. J Assoc Res Otolaryngol. 2023 Jan 17.
PMID: 36648734

Nonquantal transmission at the vestibular hair cell-calyx synapse: KLV currents modulate fast electrical and slow K+ potentials.
Nonquantal transmission at the vestibular hair cell-calyx synapse: KLV currents modulate fast electrical and slow K+ potentials. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2023 01 10; 120(2):e2207466120.
PMID: 36595693

The Differentiation Status of Hair Cells That Regenerate Naturally in the Vestibular Inner Ear of the Adult Mouse.
The Differentiation Status of Hair Cells That Regenerate Naturally in the Vestibular Inner Ear of the Adult Mouse. J Neurosci. 2021 09 15; 41(37):7779-7796.
PMID: 34301830

Predictors of pressure injury development in critically ill adults: A retrospective cohort study.
Sala JJ, Mayampurath A, Solmos S, Vonderheid SC, Banas M, D'Souza A, LaFond C. Predictors of pressure injury development in critically ill adults: A retrospective cohort study. Intensive Crit Care Nurs. 2021 Feb; 62:102924.
PMID: 8694485

Predictors of pressure injury development in critically ill adults: A retrospective cohort study.
Sala JJ, Mayampurath A, Solmos S, Vonderheid SC, Banas M, D'Souza A, LaFond C. Predictors of pressure injury development in critically ill adults: A retrospective cohort study. Intensive Crit Care Nurs. 2021 Feb; 62:102924.
PMID: 12826658

Retinoic acid degradation shapes zonal development of vestibular organs and sensitivity to transient linear accelerations.
Retinoic acid degradation shapes zonal development of vestibular organs and sensitivity to transient linear accelerations. Nat Commun. 2020 01 02; 11(1):63.
PMID: 31896743

Specializations for Fast Signaling in the Amniote Vestibular Inner Ear.
Eatock RA. Specializations for Fast Signaling in the Amniote Vestibular Inner Ear. . 2018 08 01; 58(2):341-350.
PMID: 29920589

Specializations for Fast Signaling in the Amniote Vestibular Inner Ear.
Specializations for Fast Signaling in the Amniote Vestibular Inner Ear. Integr Comp Biol. 2018 08 01; 58(2):341-350.
PMID: 29920589

Distinct capacity for differentiation to inner ear cell types by progenitor cells of the cochlea and vestibular organs.
Distinct capacity for differentiation to inner ear cell types by progenitor cells of the cochlea and vestibular organs. Development. 2016 12 01; 143(23):4381-4393.
PMID: 27789624

Sodium channel diversity in the vestibular ganglion: NaV1.5, NaV1.8, and tetrodotoxin-sensitive currents.
Sodium channel diversity in the vestibular ganglion: NaV1.5, NaV1.8, and tetrodotoxin-sensitive currents. J Neurophysiol. 2016 05 01; 115(5):2536-55.
PMID: 26936982

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