Summer Internships

Ed Everts Medical Student Fellowship in Otolaryngology and Auditory/Vestibular Neuroscience at Oregon Health & Science University

The Department of Otolaryngology at OHSU is offering a 3-month summer research internship open to medical students starting summer of 2015, with a stipend of ~$5000.  Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The successful applicant will work with a faculty member to conduct a research project during the summer months with the aim of a published article, a (inter)national conference presentation, or both. Research projects currently in progress accepting student research interns include:

Cochlear blood flow and mechanisms of sound-induced oxidative damage to the cochlea

Studies on the regulation of inner ear blood flow and the influence of sound as an agent that can induce ischemia and metabolic overload in the cochlea. Studies on the pathways of oxidative damage to the sensory cells and blood vessels in the cochlea. For more information, contact Alfred Nuttall PhD at

Cochlear implants and hearing aids
Psychophysical studies of plasticity, learning, and optimization of cochlear implants and hearing aids. Animal studies of residual hearing preservation with cochlear implantation. For more information, contact Lina Reiss PhD at  

Drug trafficking across the blood-labyrinth barrier
Identifying mechanisms of ototoxic drug trafficking across the blood-labyrinth barrier into the cochlea that induces sensory cell death, hearing loss and vestibular disorders in pre-clinical models. Projects also include analyzing clinical data from neonates and cystic fibrosis subjects receiving aminoglycosides.  For more information, contact Peter Steyger PhD at   

Influence of audition on balance
Vision, proprioception, and vestibular inputs are considered to be the three critical contributors to maintaining balance. By comparison, spatial auditory inputs have been relatively ignored. A current study, performed in collaboration with pediatric otolarygologist Carol MacArthur, examines how conductive hearing loss in children with otitis media affects their balance. For more information, contact Tim Hullar MD at