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Nathaniel Greene, PhD

Assistant Professor


Dr. Greene ​received his PhD from the University of Rochester and completed his postdoctoral fellowship in the Physiology and Biophysics Department at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. In 2016 he joined the U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory as a hearing scientist and principal investigator. In October 2017, he joined the UC Department of Otolaryngology as an Assistant Professor.

Dr. Greene’s research focuses on the mechanics and physiology of the auditory system and hearing. His lab focuses on the effects of using hearing restoration devices, as well as the mechanisms of hearing loss during high level sound exposure. Studies on hearing restoration devices include investigating the causes of loss of residual acoustic hearing in cochlear implant patients, and transmission of sound via bone conduction. These devices often involve substantial surgical procedures that can cause injurious levels of inner ear stimulation. Likewise, normal use of these devices stimulate the inner ear with indirect, non-ossicular pathways, which can resulting in unexpected interactions and perceptions. Current studies are focusing on quantifying these effects, investigating their sources, and developing strategies to mitigate their negative effects. ​​

Dr. Greene is Co-PI with Dr. Tollin in the department of Physiology and Biophysics, and others, on a grant from the US Department of Defense investigating mechanisms of auditory injury from blast exposure.​

Below are some recent published articles. For a complete list, please see My Bibliography.

ØPeacock J, Alhussaini ML, Greene NT, and Tollin DJ. Intracochlear pressure in response to high intensity, low frequency sounds in chinchilla Hear Res. 2018.

ØBanakis Hartk RM, Greene NTJenkins HA, Cass SP, and Tollin DJ. Lateral semi-circular canal pressires during cochlear implant electrode inseration: A possible mechanism for postoperative vestibular loss. Otol. & Neurotol. 2018 July; 39(6).

ØGreene NT,  Alhussaini M, Easter, JR, Argo TF, Walilko T, and Tollin DJ. Intracochlear pressure measurements during acoustic shock wave exposure. Hear Res. 2018 Aug; 365:149-164. 

ØGreene NT,  Anbuhl KL, Ferber AT, Allen PD, and Tollin DJ. Spatial hearing ability of the pigmented Guinea pig (Cavia porcellus): Minimum audible angel and spatial release from masking in azumuth. Hear Res. 2018 Aug; 365: 62-76. 

ØGreene NT, Mattingly JK, Banakis Hartl RM, Tollin DJ, Cass SP. Intacochlear pressure transients during cochlear implant electrode insertion. Oyol Neurotol. 2016 Dec; 37 (10):1541-37(10):1541-1548.   

ØGreene NT, Mattingly JK,​ Jenkins HA, Tollin DJ, Easter JR, and Cass SP. Cochlear Implant Electrode Effect on Sound Energy Transfer Within the Cochlea During Acoustic Stimulation. Otol Neurotol. 2015 Sep;36(9):1554-61.​