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Department of Otolaryngology

Katherine J. Rennie, PhD

Associate Professor

Katherine J. Rennie
Research Lab:


12700 E 19th Avenue, MS 8606
Aurora, CO 80045

Phone: 303-724-3070
Lab: 303-724-3071
Fax: 303-724-4553











(1987) B.Sc. Honors, Physiology II(i), University of Leeds, UK

Postdoctoral Education

(1991) PhD, Physiology, University of Bristol

Postdoctoral Education – Fellowship

(1991-1997) Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Otolaryngology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX

2003 American Physiological Society Research Career Enhancement Award.
2007 James A. Shannon Director’s Award (NIDCD R55).

Mann S., Johnson M., Meredith F.L., Rennie K. J. Inhibition of K+ currents in type I vestibular hair cells by gentamicin and neomycin (submitted).

Meredith F.L., Benke T.A., Rennie K. J. Hyperpolarization-activated current (Ih) in vestibular calyx terminals: characterization and role in shaping postsynaptic events J Assoc Res Otolaryngol, 13:745-758, 2012.

Meredith, F. L. Li, G., and Rennie, K. J. Postnatal expression of an apamin-sensitive K(Ca) current in vestibular calyx terminals J. Membr. Biol. 244:81-91,2011

Li, G., Meredith, F. L. and Rennie, K. J. Development of K+ and Na+ conductances in rodent postnatal semicircular canal type I hair cells Am. J. Physiol. Regul. Integr. Comp. Physiol. 298:R351-R358, 2010.

Dhawan, R., Mann, S. E., Meredith, F. L. and Rennie, K. J. K+ currents in isolated vestibular afferent calyx terminals J Assoc Res Otolaryngol 11:463-476, 2010.

Rennie, K. J. and Streeter, M. A. Voltage-dependent currents in isolated vestibular afferent calyx terminals. J. Neurophysiol. 95: 26-32, 2006.

Rennie, K. J., Streeter, M. A., Benke T. A. and Moritz, A. T. Modeling channel properties in vestibular calyx terminals. Biomed. Sci. Instrum. 41:358-363, 2005.

Rennie, K. J., Manning K. C. and Ricci, A. J. Mechano-electrical transduction in the turtle utricle. Biomed. Sci. Instrum. 40 (ISA Volume 449):441-446, 2004.

Correia, M. J., Wood T. G., Prusak, D., Weng, T. X., Rennie, K. J. and Wang, H-Q. Molecular characterization of an inward rectifier channel (IKir) found in avian vestibular hair cells: cloning and expression of pKir 2.1. Physiol. Genomics 19:155-169, 2004.

Rennie, K. J. Modulation of the resting potassium current in type I vestibular hair cells by cGMP. In: Hair cell micromechanics and otoacoustic emissions. C. I. Berlin, L. J. Hood and A. Ricci Eds. Singular Press 79-89, 2002.

Correia, M. J, Rennie, K. J. and Koo, P. Return of potassium ion channels in regenerated hair cells: Possible pathways and the role of intracellular calcium signalling. In: Vestibular labyrinth in health and disease. J. A. Goebel and S. M. Highstein Eds. Ann. N. Y. Acad. Sci. Vol. 942:228-240, 2001.

Research Focus

Neurophysiology of Vestibular Hair Cells
Synaptic Signaling
Ototoxicity in the Vestibular System

Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society (elected)
Biophysical Society
Association for Research in Otolaryngology
American Physiological Society
Society for Neuroscience

Grant reviewer for the National Science Foundation, Wellcome Trust (UK), NIDCD, RNID and Deafness Research Foundation.

Ad Hoc reviewer for Acta Pharmacologica Sinica, American Journal of Physiology-Cell Physiology, Experimental Neurology, JARO, Journal of Comparative Neurology, Journal of Neurophysiology, Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Physiology, Journal of Vestibular Research and Neurochemical Research.