Laboratory for Brainstem

and Inner Ear Neurobiology

We study how Sensory cells and neurons are specified and differentiate to better understand Nervous system development and pathogenesis of disease.

The Duncan lab utilizes transgenic mice to model biological processes related to human development and disease. Our work focuses on understanding:

  • The gene regulatory networks necessary for inner ear development and hearing restoration in patients with Age Related Hearing Loss

  • Prevention of hearing loss

  • Development of cranial motor neurons and disorders in axonal guidance.

  • Specification and connectivity of hindbrain neurons involved in sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

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Jeremy Duncan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Department of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. Jeremy conducts research on neurodevelopmental and inner ear disorders.  He has published papers and book chapters on such topics as inner ear & hindbrain development, hearing evolution, cranial nerve disorders, and neuromethodology. 

Jeremy Duncan



Lizzy has passed her candidacy exam.  Congratulations PhD candidate Elizabeth Ketchum!

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Sydney has passed her candidacy exam.  Congratulations PhD candidate Sydney Sheltz-Kempf


Zach has successfully defended his Master's thesis!

Recent Publications

Topologically Correct Central Projections of Tetrapod Inner Ear Afferents Require Fzd3


Duncan J.S., Fritzsch B., Houston D.W., Ketchum E.M., Kersigo J., Deans M.R., Elliott K.L., (2019) Scientific Reports, PMCID: PMC6635624

Neuronal Migration Generates New Populations of Neurons that Develop Unique Connections, Physiological Properties and Pathologies

Fritzsch B., Elliott K.L., Pavlinkova G., Duncan J.S., Hansen M.R., Kersigo J.M., (2019) Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology, PMCID 31069224

Evolutionary and Developmental Insights Provide the Necessary molecular Steps to Regenerate Organ of Corti Hair Cells

Elliott K.L., Fritzsch B., Duncan J.S., (2018) Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience, PMICD: PMC6092489