Award Lecturers: Bill Whelan Award

James Hudspeth, Rockefeller University, USA


Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Jim Hudspeth conducted undergraduate studies at Harvard College and received PhD and MD degrees from Harvard's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and its Medical School. Following postdoctoral work at the Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden, he served on the faculties of the California Institute of Technology, the University of California, San Francisco, and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. After joining Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Jim moved to The Rockefeller University, where he is F. M. Kirby Professor. Dr. Hudspeth conducts research on hair cells, the sensory receptors of the inner ear. He and his colleagues are especially interested in the active process that sensitizes the ear, sharpens its frequency selectivity, and broadens its dynamic range. They also investigate the replacement of hair cells as a potential therapy for hearing loss. Jim is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society.

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