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Sherri M. Jones, Ph.D.

Director, Department Chair, Professor
Mail to:
301B Barkley Center
Lincoln, NE 68583-0738
Telephone: (402) 472-5496
FAX: (402) 472-7697


Dr. Jones' current research programs encompass basic, translational, and clinical research primarily focused on vestibular physiology. Her basic research programs are examining inner ear functional development and aging as well as the genetics of inner ear dysfunction. She is also interested in the role(s) the vestibular system may play in physiological homeostasis, and how vestibular deficits may influence other systems such as the autonomic, cardiovascular, and skeletal motor systems. Clinical research is examining the effects of blast- or sports-related head trauma on vestibular and oculomotor function. Her lab is also developing vestibular evoked potentials for use as a clinical test of the vestibular system. Other clinical research interests include the developmental aspects of the vestibulo-ocular reflex and early developmental patterns for balance skills in normal hearing and hearing impaired children. Sherri has taught a variety of courses in areas related to her research such as applied neurophysiology, hearing science, auditory physiology, assessment and management of vestibular disorders, and embryology and genetics of hearing impairment.


Recent Publications

Goodyear, RJ; Jones SM, Sharifi L, Forge A, Richardson G. (2012) Hair-bundle defects and loss of function in the vestibular end organs of mice lacking the receptor-like inositol lipid posphatase, PTPRQ. Journal of Neuroscience, InPress.

Horwitz GC, Risner-Janiczek JR, Jones SM, Holt JR. (2011) HCN channels expressed in the inner ear are necessary for normal balance function. Journal of Neuroscience. 31(46), 16814-16825.

Jones TA, Jones SM, Vijayakumar S, Brugeaud A, Bothwell M, Chabbert, C. (2011) The adequate stimulus for mammalian linear vestibular evoked potentials (VsEPs). Hearing Reseach, 280, 133-140.

Jones SM, Robertson NG, Given S, Heisch ABS, Liberman, MC, Morton CC. (2011) Hearing and vestibular deficits in the Coch null mouse model: Comparison to the CochG88E/G88E mouse and to DFNA9 hearing and balance disorder. Hearing Research, 272, 42-48.

Mock BE, Jones TA, Jones SM. (2011) Gravity receptor aging in the CBA/CaJ strain: A comparison to auditory aging. Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, 12, 173-183.