Dr. Yan Gai became an assistant professor in Biomedical Engineering at Parks College in Fall 2014. Prior to joining SLU, she was a postdoc at University of Wisconsin-Madison studying sound localization with behavioral and physiological approaches for four years. She had also had a postdoc training at New York University, where she specialized in computational neuroscience and dynamic-clamps recordings in brainslices. Her research in the auditory field goes back to her Ph.D study at Syracuse University.
Dr. Gai’s research aims to understand how the brain processes sound information and how we may improve designs of hearing aids and cochlear implants to help people with hearing impairments and communication disorders. At the behavioral level, she assesses humans’ and animals’ ability to perceive and separate sound sources from interfering backgrounds. At the physiological level, she examines how single neurons interact with external input and networks.
Dr. Gai loves to create computation models to explain her findings. She has experience with various computational models at the cellular, systems, or psychophysical levels.