Dr Karina Needham

Role: Project Leader

Dr Karina Needham is Head of Hearing Neurosciences at the University of Melbourne. Karina completed her BSc Honours (2001) and PhD (2006) in auditory neurophysiology at the University of Melbourne, first investigating speech processing in the auditory brainstem, then characterising the inhibitory commissural pathway between cochlear nuclei.

She commenced her post-doctoral training in studies of sound localisation (Bionics Institute), then ion channel modulation (University of Melbourne, Anatomy & Neuroscience), before establishing the patch-clamp lab in Otolaryngology at the Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital. Her lab examines the electrical activity of primary auditory neurons and investigates how these neurons and their ion channels respond to trauma, therapeutic treatments and novel forms of stimulation.