Joseph C. Holt, Ph.D.

Joseph C. Holt, Ph.D.

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University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 629
Rochester, NY 14642

Appointment: (585) 275-URMC (8762)

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EDUCATION:



University of North Carolina at Pembroke BS 1986-1991 Biology, Chemistry
University of Louisiana at Monroe 1991-1994 Biology
Tulane University School of Medicine Ph.D. 1994-1999 Pharmacology
University of Chicago 2000-2005 Postdoctoral Training

POSITIONS AND EMPLOYMENT:

1991 – 1994 Graduate Assistant; Dept. of Biology, University of Louisiana at Monroe
1996 – 1999 Lab Instructor / Lecturer; Dept. of Pharmacology, Tulane University School of Medicine
2000 – 2005 Postdoctoral Fellow (2000-2003), Research Associate (2004), Instructor (2005); Advisor: Jay M. Goldberg, Ph.D. Department of Neurobiology, Pharmacology, and Physiology, University of Chicago
2005 – 2008 Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, University of Texas Medical Branch
2008 – Pres. Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, University of Rochester

HONORS AND AWARDS:

1989 James F. Ebert Award, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
1989-1990 J.P. Stevens Scholarship, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
1986-1991 Chancellor's Scholar Program, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
1997-1999 Pharmaceutical and Research Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), Advanced Predoctoral Fellowship

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RESEARCH:



Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Synaptic Transmission in the Vestibular Periphery.

Many sensory systems are endowed with efferent feedback mechanisms that can modulate their primary input to the brain. That is, incoming information from a peripheral detector is delivered to a way station within the CNS which then modifies the output from that same detector. Everyday examples include the pupillary reflex to bright light entering the eyes, the contraction of middle ear muscles to loud sounds, or the recruitment of additional muscle fibers when first lifting a heavy object. Here, the function of the efferent loop is presumably to optimize or "tune" each sensory modality to its stimulus. Sensory information regarding the position and movement of the head are encoded by the vestibular system, which begins as a number of small detectors located within the inner ear. Like the preceding examples, the peripheral vestibular system is also endowed with a prominent efferent innervation. The functional role of this feedback system, however, is relatively unknown. We do know that when these efferent pathways are electrically stimulated, afferent output from vestibular endorgans is profoundly inhibited or excited, suggesting that vestibular efferents may be involved in both negative and positive feedback. If such efferent activity occurs under physiological conditions, it is almost certain to modify and transform vestibular information traveling to the CNS. Yet, very little information is available as to how and when these efferent actions ultimately impact the processing of vestibular information in an alert animal. Taking a reductionistic approach, my lab is addressing the function of the vestibular efferent system from three vantage points: (1) Identifying the receptor mechanisms by which different efferent responses are generated during activation of their pathways; (2) Characterizing how these efferent receptor mechanisms modulate afferent response properties by pairing afferent recordings during vestibular stimulation with activation of efferent pathways; and (3) Identification of efferent discharge patterns with direct, in vivo recordings from vestibular efferent neurons. Such knowledge is critical in evaluating efferent function in behaving animal models, one of our long term goals.

Awards & Honors (Local)

Advanced Predoctoral Fellowship | Pharmaceutical and Research Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) 1997 - 1999
James F. Ebert Award | University of North Carolina at Pembroke 1989
J.P. Stevens Scholarship | University of North Carolina at Pembroke 1989 - 1990
Chancellor's Scholar Program | University of North Carolina at Pembroke 1986 - 1991

Current Appointments

Assistant Professor - Department of Otolaryngology (SMD) - Primary
Assistant Professor - Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy (SMD)
Assistant Professor - Department of Pharmacology and Physiology (SMD)

Education

PhD | Pharmacology and Toxicology | Tulane University Sch Medicine1999
BS | Biology | Pembroke State Univ1991
MS | Biology | Northeast Louisiana UniversityAttended 1991 - 1994