Michael Smith

My primary current research focus is the process of auditory hair cell death and regeneration in the zebrafish inner ear, with the goal of finding therapeutics for human hearing loss. Microarray analysis of zebrafish ear tissue showed that growth hormone was significantly upregulated two days following acoustic trauma. Since then, we have found that growth hormone can significantly mitigate noise-induced hair cell and hearing loss, and can promote auditory hair cell regeneration.

Biologists Can Distinguish Species Of Brazilian Fishes By Their Mating Calls

Over 800 species of fishes are reported to produce species-specific sounds. The sounds are produced for a number of different reasons, including aggression, stress or alarm, and mating displays. Fishes have evolved the ability to produce sounds using a variety […]