Shaowen Bao, PhD 

Associate Professor, Physiology
Associate Professor Neuroscience-GIDP
Associate Professor Physiological Sciences-GIDP
Research Interests

Hearing loss increases the risks of tinnitus, auditory processing deficit, dementia, anxiety and depression. We investigate the molecular, cellular, synaptic and circuit mechanisms underlying these hearing loss-related sensory and cognitive disorders.


  • 1990 BS Biology - Tsinghua University
  • 1993 MS Biophysics - Tsinghua University
  • 199 PhD Neuroscience - University of Southern California
  • 2004 Post-Doctoral Neuroscience - UC-San Francisco
Publication Highlights

Masri S, Deng D, Wang W, Luo H, Zhang J, Bao S. Contributions of Hearing Loss and Traumatic BrainInjury to Blast-Induced Cortical Parvalbumin Neuron Loss and Auditory Processing Deficits. JNeurotrauma. 2023 Feb;40(3-4):395-407. doi: 10.1089/neu.2022.0179.

Masri S, Chan N, Marsh T, Zinsmaier A, Schaub D, Zhang L, Wang W, Bao S. Chemogenetic Activation ofCortical Parvalbumin-Positive Interneurons Reverses Noise-Induced Impairments in Gap Detection. JNeurosci. 2021 Oct 20;41(42):8848-8857. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2687-19.2021.

W, Zhang LS, Zinsmaier AK, Patterson G, Leptich EJ, Shoemaker SL, Yatskievych TA, Gibboni R, Pace E,Luo H, Zhang J, Yang S, Bao S. Neuroinflammation mediates noise-induced synaptic imbalance andtinnitus in rodent models. PLoS Biol. 2019 Jun;17(6):e3000307. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.3000307.