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Welcome Dr. Lawton!

The Coffin Lab welcomes Dr. Kristy Lawton, who joined the lab July 1st as a postdoctoral fellow. Kristy will study the cellular mechanisms of noise-induced hearing loss, supported by an R21 grant from the NIDCD.

Support Erin’s Veterans hike!

Congratulation to Erin Cooper for completing her neuroscience B.S. this month! Erin is a four-tour combat Veteran embarking on a new adventure; hiking for science. This summer, Erin will lead a group of Veterans on a hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. Along the way she will collect saliva samples to examine stress hormones and other biochemical elements in their hiking group. Long-term, Erin wants to pursue a PhD in neuroscience, with a focus on understanding how hiking and other extreme exercise can help Veterans suffering from TBI and PTSD. Visit Erin’s Gofundme site to support her hike and research efforts!

We are recruiting!

The lab has an opening for a doctoral student for Fall 2016. We’re looking for someone with research and leadership experience to further our studies on the cellular mechanisms of hearing loss. Please email allison.coffin [at] for more information.

Phil Uribe wins 3MT!

Phil shakes hands with interim co-provost Erica Austin.
Phil shakes hands with interim co-provost Erica Austin.

Congratulations to doctoral student Phil Uribe on his win at the finals of the WSU 3-minute thesis contest! Phil’s engaging presentation on the dangers of loud noise captivated the judges. Phil will receive a $3,000 travel award. Phil is also the president of the Salmon Speakers Toastmasters club, demonstrating that improving his speaking skills literally paid off. Way to go Phil!