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Peter G. Barr-Gillespie Ph.D.

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    • Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery School of Medicine
    • Interim Senior Vice President for Research RS.VP RSCH ADMIN
    • Professor Oregon Hearing Research Center School of Medicine
    • Joint Appointment Vollum Institute
    • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Graduate Program School of Medicine
    • Cell and Developmental Biology Graduate Program School of Medicine
    • Neuroscience Graduate Program School of Medicine
    • Program in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences School of Medicine

Peter G. Barr-Gillespie, Ph.D., is a Professor with the Oregon Hearing Research Center and an Affiliated Scientist with the Vollum Institute. He has been with OHSU since 1999. Barr-Gillespie was Associate Vice President for Basic Research at OHSU from 2014-2017, and has been Interim Senior Vice President for Research since 2017.

These are a few of Dr. Barr-Gillespie's major milestones and significant discoveries:
- Development of methods for isolation of hair bundles and analysis of constituent proteins and lipids via mass spectrometry
- Determination of roles for myosin Ic, myosin VI, and myosin VIIA in adaptation and bundle structure
- Characterization of the structure, identity, and regeneration of the tip link
- Description of homeostatic mechanisms used by hair bundle to handle Ca2+ (Ca2+ pump, ATP delivery, H+ transporter)
- Elucidation of protein expression and localization steps required for assembly of the hair bundle

Areas of interest

  • Hair-cell transduction
  • Hair-bundle development


  • B.A., Reed College 1981
  • Ph.D., University of Washington 1988

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