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Meet our scientists

Find out more about some of the dedicated researchers and PhD students we’re currently supporting, and why they’ve chosen to work in hearing and tinnitus research.


Ekaterina Yukhnovich

Ekaterina Yukhnovich is an Action on Hearing Loss-funded PhD student in Dr Will Sedley’s laboratory at Newcastle University. In her project, Ekaterina is working to develop an objective test for tinnitus, to help speed up the development of treatments. 

Find out more about Ekaterina and her work.


Dr Chris Hardy

Chris Hardy is one of our Pauline Ashley Fellows, based at the University College London (UCL) Dementia Research Institute. Alongside the Dunhill Medical Trust, we’re funding him to study how hearing and brain function are linked in the context of dementia.

Read more about Chris and his work.


Dr Sally Dawson

Sally Dawson is an Action on Hearing Loss-funded researcher at the University College London Ear Institute. We have awarded Sally a number of grants, including an International Project Grant to identify genes involved in the middle ear condition, otosclerosis.

Find out more about Sally’s work.


Dr Mike Bowl

Mike Bowl is an Action on Hearing Loss-funded researcher at the MRC (Medical Research Council) Mammalian Genetics Unit at Harwell in Oxfordshire. We awarded him an International Project Grant to study the role of three new genes in the development and maintenance of the inner ear.

Read more about Mike and his work.


Professor Karen Steel

Karen Steel is an Action on Hearing Loss-funded researcher at the Wolfson Centre for Age-Related Diseases at King’s College, London. We have awarded Karen a number of grants, including an International Project Grant to study the genetic basis of the variation in human hearing ability using mouse models.

Find out more about Karen’s work.


Dr Allison Coffin

Allison Coffin is an Action on Hearing Loss-funded researcher at Washington State University in the US. We awarded her an International Project Grant to further develop a drug to protect hearing from damage by ototoxic (ear-toxic) medications.

Read more about Allison and her work.


Professor Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro is a professor at the University of Maryland, USA. In 2013 we awarded him a three-year Translational Research (TRIH) Grant to develop a technology to use magnetic forces to deliver drugs to the inner ear.

Find out more about Ben and his work.


Dr Lucy Anderson

Lucy Anderson is an Action on Hearing Loss funded researcher at the UCL Ear Institute. Previously the recipient of one of our Pauline Ashley New Investigator Grants, she is now working on understanding the different ways in which noise and age affect our hearing. 

Read more about Lucy’s work.