Liz earned a BS in Chemistry/Biochemistry at Utah State University (1998)
and a PhD in Biology at the University of Oregon (2006). As a doctoral
student, she examined audiovisual integration in the barn owl head saccade
behavior, and she measured single cell responses to visual and auditory
stimuli in the optic tectum and external nucleus of the inferior colliculus
of anesthetized barn owls. From 2007-2010, Liz stayed on at the University
of Oregon as an adjunct instructor (BIO 353 - Sensory Physiology) and
as a postdoctoral researcher. Her research time was split between the
labs of Terry Takahashi and Bill Roberts. As a postdoc in the Takahashi
Lab, Liz mentored various undergraduate researchers on projects ranging
from human psychophysics to barn owl awake-behaving tetrode measurements.
Her project in the Roberts Lab involved confocal imaging and scanning
electron microscopy of the frog saccule, looking for morphologically and
physiologically distinct subpopulations of hair cells in this peripheral
auditory end-organ. Liz was a Sisneros Lab member from 2010-2012 and is
currently a Special Programs Coordinator at Humboldt State University.
- Seasonal and steroid-dependent effects on the auditory
sensitivity and hair cell density in the saccule of the midshipman
fish (Porichthys notatus).
- Swim bladder
sexual dimorphism in the plainfin midshipman fish
- Seasonal and hormone dependent
gene expression in the midshipman inner ear.
Mohr RA, Whitchurch EA,
Anderson RD, Forlano PM, Fay RR, Ketten DR, Cox TC, and JA Sisneros. 2017.
Intra- and Intersexual swim bladder dimorphisms in the plainfin midshipman
(Porichthys notatus): implications of swim bladder proximity to
the inner ear for sound pressure detection. Journal of Morphology 278:
Bhandiwad AA, Whitchurch EA, Colleye O, Zeddies DG, and JA Sisneros.
2017. Seasonal plasticity of auditory saccular sensitivity in "sneaker"
type II male plainfin midshipman fish, Porichthys notatus.
Journal of Comparative Physiology A 203:211-222
Faber-Hammond J, Samanta MP,
Whitchurch EA, Manning D, Sisneros JA, and AB Coffin. 2015. Saccular
transcriptome profiles of the seasonal breeding plainfin midshipman fish
(Porichthys notatus), a teleost with divergent sexual phenotypes.
Public Library of Science One 10(11):e0142814