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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!

Coffin lab members win big at the WSU Vancouver Research Showcase

Congratulations to Coffin lab members for their awards at this year’s WSU Vancouver Research Showcase. Phil Uribe won 1st place in the graduate student oral presentation category, Robby Boney won 1st place for undergraduate oral presentation, and Alexandria Camino won 2nd place for graduate student poster. Great job also to graduate student Tamasen Hayward and undergraduates Sterling Gray and Erin Cooper for their excellent presentations.

Lab member achievements!

Beija graduation 2016
Graduate Beija Robbins, flanked by PhD student Phil Uribe and Dr. Coffin.

Congratulations to Ms. Beija Robbins and Mr. Valentin Kochenkov, members of the 2016 graduating class at WSU Vancouver. Beija received her B.S. in Neuroscience and Valentine his B.S. in Biology. Both will continue working in the lab as research technicians while they each apply to medical school.


Congratulations to Ms. Anna Roche, member of the 2016 graduating class at Camas High School. Anna joined the lab in 2013. She will attend the University of Washington this fall.



Alex's going-away party
Alex’s going-away party

Congratulations and best wishes to Mr. Alex Young on his acceptance to medical school! Alex began working in the lab as an undergraduate, then transitioned to a research technician role after his graduation in 2014. Alex has a Navy scholarship to attend the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in Glendale, AZ.

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!