Kimberlee Giffen, PhD

Kimberlee Giffen, PhD

Kimberlee Giffen, PhD
Kimberlee Giffen, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine

Russell Hall 150, 1425 Prince Avenue, Athens, GA, 30602

706-542-1074

Education

·      Postdoctoral Research Fellowship: Stanford University, School of Medicine, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Palo Alto, CA

·      Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences: Creighton University, School of Medicine, Omaha, NE

·      M.A., Education: Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ

·      B.S., Biological Sciences: University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO

Honors / Awards / Achievements

·       Midwest Association of Graduate Schools Excellence in Teaching Award Nomination for Creighton University (2020)

·       Invited international speaker, 5th Chinese Hearing Research Conference, Beijing, China (2019)

Selected Publications

Selected Publications

·      Giffen, K.*, Liu, H.*, M’Hamed G., Morrill, S., Li, Y., Liu, X., Briegel, K., He, DZ. Transcription co-factor LBH is necessary for survival of cochlear hair cells. Journal of Cell Science, 134 (7): jcs254458 (2021). doi: https://doi.org/10.1242/jcs.254458

·      Giffen, K., Liu, H., Kramer, K., He, DZ. Expression patterns of protein-coding gene orthologs among zebrafish and mouse non-sensory supporting cell populations of the inner ear. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 13:1117 (2019). doi: 10.3389/fnins.2019.01117

·      Li, Y., Liu, H., Giffen, K., Chen, L., Beisel, K., He, DZ. Transcriptomes of cochlear inner and outer hair cells from adult mice. Scientific data, 5:180199 (2018). doi: 10.1038/sdata.2018.199

·      Liu, H., Chen, L., Giffen, K., Stringham, S., Li, Y., Judge, P., Beisel, K., He, DZ. Cell-specific transcriptome analysis shows that adult pillar and deiters’ cells express genes encoding machinery for specializations of cochlear hair cells. Frontiers in molecular neuroscience, 11:356 (2018). doi: 10.3389/fnmol.2018.00356

·      Barta, C., Liu, H., Chen, L., Li, Y., Giffen, K., Kramer, K., Beisel, K., He, DZ. Transcriptome of adult zebrafish inner ear hair cells. Scientific data, 5:180005 (2018). doi: 10.1038/sdata.2018.5

* Co-first author

Selected Peer-reviewed abstracts

·      Association for Research in Otolaryngology 44th Annual Conference, San Jose, CA, ‘Mutation of SLC7A14 causes syndromic hearing loss’, 2020

·      Association for Research in Otolaryngology 44th Annual Conference, San Jose, CA, ‘Dynamin 3 is necessary for maintaining the dynamic structure and mechanics of stereocilia bundles of cochlear outer hair cells’, 2020

·      Association for Research in Otolaryngology 44th Annual Conference, San Jose, CA, ‘Transcriptome analysis to identify drugs against cisplatin-induced ototoxicity’, 2020

·      Experimental Biology Conference, Orlando, FL, ‘Characterizing the role of Kcnq5a in zebrafish inner ear hair cells’, 2019

·      Association for Research in Otolaryngology 43rd Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, ‘Chromatin accessibility landscape of adult cochlear hair cells’, 2018

·      Association for Research in Otolaryngology 43rd Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, ‘Molecular mechanisms underlying zebrafish and mouse hair cell specializations’, 2018

Educational Activities

·      Large Group Instructor, Year 1

·      Small Group Facilitator, Year 1

Scholarship & Research

Basic Science

·      Genetics of hearing loss

·      Inner ear regeneration

·      Therapeutics to prevent drug-induced ototoxicity

Education

·      Metacognition and learning

·      Pedagogy in medical education

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