People

Gabriel Corfas

Principal Investigator

Gabriel Corfas obtained an MSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires and a doctorate in Neurobiology from the Weizmann Institute of Science. During his postdoctoral training, first at Washington University in St. Louis, MO and then at Harvard Medical School, he contributed to the identification and cloning of the trophic factor Neuregulin 1 and its mechanism of action. In 1996, he obtained a faculty position at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH), eventually becoming Professor of Neurology and Otolaryngology, and director of basic research in Otolaryngology at BCH. In 2014, Corfas joined the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor as director of the Kresge Hearing Research Institute and associate chair for research for the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

Dr. Corfas has received a number of honors and awards including the Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship in the Neurosciences, the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, an award from the EJLB Foundation, a Young Investigator and an Independent Investigator Award from NARSAD, as well as being elected secretary and treasurer of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology.

Gaston Amable

Research Fellow - Kresge Hearing Research Institute

Gaston received his Ph.D. in Pharmacy and Biochemistry from University of Buenos Aires and his B.S. in Biotechnology from National University of Litoral. He works on developing novel treatments for peripheral neuropathies. Outside of the lab, he enjoys cooking and fishing.



Beatriz Borges Del Grande

Research Investigator - Kresge Hearing Research Institute

Beatriz received her Ph.D. in Physiology from the Medical School of the University of Sao Paulo – Brazil. She studies the mechanisms that regulate the formation of myelin in the brain and the impact of myelin defects on prefrontal cortex, auditory function, and hearing disorders.


Luis Cassinotti

Research Fellow - Kresge Hearing Research Institute

Luis received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and his B.S. in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology from University of Buenos Aires. He studies the molecular and cellular mechanisms of the hidden hearing loss and the importance of myelination in the peripheral auditory nerve. Outside of the lab, he likes playing fútbol (soccer), biking, hiking and traveling.


Robert Doherty

PhD Candidate - Neuroscience Graduate Program

Robert received his Neuroscience degree from the University of Bristol. He studies signaling mechanisms involved in cortical development.



Mostafa Ibrahim

Research Fellow - Kresge Hearing Research Institute

Mostafa received his Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and his B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Mansoura University in Egypt. He studies genomic stability in cortical development. Outside of the lab, he likes playing sports and hiking.



Gunseli Wallace

Medical Scientist Training Program Fellow

PhD Candidate - Cellular and Molecular Biology Graduate Program

Gunseli received her M.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering and her B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan. She studies the impact of noise on the metabolome and lipidome of the inner ear. Outside of the lab, she enjoys rock climbing and gardening.


Michael Hayes

Laboratory Manager

Michael received his Microbiology degree from Michigan State University. He has been the author on 40 articles, 20 abstracts, as well as an inventor on 3 US patents. In the lab, he can be found listening to the Grateful Dead while taking excellent care of the mouse colony and keeping things running smoothly.



Tyler Rosenbluth

Undergraduate Researcher

Biopsychology, Cognition, & Neuroscience (Major)

Gender and Health Studies (Minor)

Aditi Desai

Undergraduate Researcher

Neuroscience (Major)

Sociology of Health and Medicine (Minor)

Daniel Kong

Undergraduate Researcher

Movement Science (Major)

Intraoperative Neuromonitoring (IONM) Program

Brenna MacLeod

Undergraduate Researcher

Neuroscience (Major)