Ronna Hertzano, MD, PhD
Dr. Hertzano is a board certified otolaryngologist, and a surgeon-scientist. Dr. Hertzano’s clinical practice is focused on treating patients with diseases of the ear, with a special emphasis on genetic hearing loss and hearing restoration. Dr. Hertzano’s research team, the Laboratory of Inner Ear Developmental Genetics, uses cell type-specific approaches to (1) define the key regulatory events that lead to cell type-specific differentiation. Specifically, identification and characterization of transcriptional cascades that lead to hair cell terminal differentiation and survival as a crucial step in developing regenerative treatments for hearing loss; and (2) defining the molecular events as a result of acquired and noise-induced hearing loss to develop novel approaches for prevention and treatment of these problems. The team uses cell type-specific genomic approaches in mice and zebrafish, followed by validation using genetically engineered animal models, classic experimental and developmental biology techniques, gene therapy and cutting edge molecular biology techniques.
Pub Med Articles: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Ronna+Hertzano%5BAuthor%5D