Department of Physiology
melissa.vollrath [at] mcgill.ca
Research Area: Cellular Physiology
My research focuses on sensory cells, called hair cells, in the auditory and vestibular system. I am interested in understanding how these cells transduce sensory information using mechanically-gated ion channels and in understanding which genes are essential for their survival and regeneration. Our experimental approaches include electrophysiology and molecular biology using the mouse and zebrafish models.
Coordinates and teaches in PHGY209 Mammalian Physiology 1 and PHGY212 Introduction to Physiology Laboratory 1
Teaches in: PHGY 210 Mammalian Physiology 2, PHGY 213 Introduction to Physiology Laboratory 2, PHGY 314 Integrative Neuroscience, PHGY604 Responsible Conduct in Research, PHGY351 Techniques in Physiology
Education: B.Sc., University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine, Post-Doctoral Training, Harvard Medical School