Timothy Jones

Timothy Jones

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Timothy Jones

Professor

Ph.D., Physiology, University of California, Davis, 1980
B.S., Biological Science, University of California, Davis, 1973

Timothy Jones is a physiologist who studies the development of function in the auditory (hearing) and vestibular (balance) sensory systems. His research includes the study of factors that may alter or influence development, such as genetic mutation and natural physiological stimuli (e.g., sound and gravitational fields).

Tim's research has led to the discovery and characterization of rhythmic primordial neural discharge patterns in cochlear ganglion cells well before hearing begins. One objective of ongoing research is to understand what role these activity patterns play in development. Such patterns may provide instructions to help guide the refinement of auditory neural circuitry during development. Other areas of interest include the effects and action of drugs on inner ear function and development.

A considerable effort has also been made to develop noninvasive objective means to assess inner ear function. This is particularly challenging in the case of evaluating peripheral vestibular function. The success of Tim and his colleagues in developing the linear vestibular evoked potential (VsEP) has been very important. The VsEP provides a direct measure of vestibular function without the need for major surgical procedures. The VsEP has proven to be a useful tool in improving the understanding of the role particular genes play in gravity receptor development and function.

Tim's research has been published in national and international scholarly journals including the Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Neurophysiology, Hearing Research, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, among others.


Areas of Expertise:

    Physiology
    Pharmacology and development of hearing and balance organs

Professional Highlights

Honors and Recognition
2014, Career Award in Hearing or Balance, American Academy of Audiology1989-90, Summer Faculty Fellowship, NASA-AEEE/Stanford1981, Loren D. Carlson Prize in Physiology, University of California, Davis1980-82, NASA Research Associate Award1980, Graduate Research Award, University of California, Davis1978-79, Jastro Shields Research Scholarship, University of California, Davis1978, National Research Service Award1976, Fellowship, Epilepsy Foundation of America Fellowship
Experience
2012-present, Professor/Graduate Faculty, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2012-present, Adjunct Graduate Faculty, East Carolina University2012-present, Courtesy Professor of Veterinary Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2004-12, Professor/Graduate Faculty Member, East Carolina University1998-2004, Professor of Surgery and Physiology, University of Missouri School of Medicine1994-2004, Doctoral Faculty & Director of Research: Division of Otolaryngology, University of Missouri School of Medicine1994-98, Associate Professor of Surgery and Physiology, University of Missouri School of Medicine1995-96, Visiting Professor: Section of Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior, University of California, Davis1988-94, Associate Professor of Physiology, College of Dentistry: Department of Oral Biology, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Lincoln, Nebraska1988-94, Associate Professor of Physiology, Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders, University of Nebraska-Lincoln1986-88, Assistant Professor of Physiology, Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders, University of Nebraska-Lincoln1983-94, Graduate Faculty Fellow, University of Nebraska1982-88, Assistant Professor of Physiology, College of Dentistry: Department of Oral Biology, University of Nebraska Medical Center1980-82, NASA Research Associate, University of Louisville and University of California, Davis1978-80, National Institutes of Health Trainee: Research Associate, University of California, Davis1977-78, Teaching Assistant, Department of Animal Physiology, University of California, Davis1976-77, Physiologist, VA Hospital, Department of Radiology, San Diego, California1976-77, EEG Consultant, Department of Neurosciences, University of California, San Diego1974-76, Staff Research Assistant, Department of Neurosciences, University of California, San Diego
Memberships
American Association for the Advancement of ScienceAmerican Physiological SocietyAmerican Society for Gravitational and Space BiologyAssociation for Research in OtolaryngologyBritish Brain Research AssociationEuropean Brain and Behavior SocietyInternational Society for Gravitational PhysiologyInternational Union for Physiological SciencesNebraska Speech-Language-Hearing AssociationSociety for Neuroscience