Joint Professor of Bioengineering and Otolaryngology
Phone: (206) 616-6655
Office: CHDD 176
UW Bioengineering faculty Jay T. Rubinstein

Jay T. Rubinstein

My research is aimed at alleviating hearing impairment with improved signal processing for cochlear implants and leveraging this technology to also treat balance disorders.
Computational biophysics
Clinical and basic electrophysiology
Human psychophysics
Clinical trials of new inner ear implant technology
The Rubinstein and affiliated laboratories use physiological, psychophysical and computational techniques to develop improved signal processing for cochlear implants and related devices. We are also studying the effects of electrical stimulation of the human vestibular periphery in order to develop a vestibular prosthesis for balance disorders.
PhD, Bioengineering, University of Washington, 1998
MD, University of Washington, 1987
Fellowship–Physiology and Biophysics, University of Washington, WA, 1988
Fellowship–Otology and Laryngology, Harvard Medical School, MA, 1989-90
Fellowship–Otology/Neurotology, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa, 1994-95
1981 Honorary Undergraduate Teaching Assistantship
1981 Sigma Xi
1984-86 Poncin Scholarship Award
1987 Alpha Omega Alpha
1992 American Academy of Otolaryngology Resident Research Grant
2003-04 Boerhaave Professor, Leiden University, the Netherlands
2005-06 Best Doctors in America
2006 Elected Senior Member of the IEEE
2006 Elected to the Collegium Oto-Rhino-Laryngologicum Amicitae Sacrum
2007-08 President-elect, American Auditory Society
2007-08 Best Doctors in America
2009 Presidential Citation, American Otologic Society
2009-10 President, American Auditory Society
2009 Honor Award, American Academy of Otolaryngology – HNS
2009-10 Best Doctors in America
2010-11 Best Doctors in America
2012-13 President-elect, Association for Research in Otolaryngology
2012 Seattle Top Doctors
2013 President, Association for Research in Otolaryngology
Recent pubs selected from 118 peer-reviewed articles

1Rubinstein, JT.  Cochlear implants: the hazards of unexpected success.  By invitation to the Canadian Medical Association Journal 184(12):1343-1344, 2012.

Goldwyn J, Rubinstein JT, and Shea-Brown E.   A point process framework for modeling electrical stimulation of the auditory nerve.  J Neurophysiol. 108:1430-52, 2012.

Li X, Nie K, Imennov NS, Won JH Drennan WR, Rubinstein JT, Atlas LE. Improved perception of speech in noise and Mandarin tones with acoustic simulations of harmonic coding for cochlear implants. JASA 132(5):3387-98, 2012.

Phillips JO, Shepherd SJ, Nowack AL, Ling L, Bierer SM, Kaneko CRS, Phillips CMT, Nie K,  Rubinstein JT.  Longitudinal performance of a vestibular prosthesis as assessed by electrically evoked compound action potential recording. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 6128-6131 2012.

Jones G, Won JH, Drennan W, Rubinstein JT. Relationship between channel interaction and spectral-ripple discrimination in     cochlear implant users.  JASA 133(1):425-433, 2013.

Imennov NS, Won JH, Drennan WR, Jameyson E, Rubinstein JT. Perception of Within-Channel Temporal Cues in Cochlear Implant Listeners: Behavioral Results and Biophysical Modeling.  Hearing Research 298:60-72, 2013.

Nie K, Ling L, Bierer SM, Kaneko CRD, Fuchs AF, Oxford T, Rubinstein JT, Phillips JO. An Experimental Vestibular Neural Prosthesis: Design and Preliminary Results with Rhesus Monkeys Stimulated with Modulated Pulses. IEEE Trans Biomed Engineering 60(6):1685-92, 2013.

Li X, Nie K, Imennov NS, Rubinstein JT, Atlas LE.  Improved Perception of Music with a Harmonic Based Algorithm for Cochlear Implants. IEEE Trans Neural Sys Rehab Engin 21(4):684-94, 2013.

Phillips C, DeFrancisci C, Ling L, Nie K, Amy Nowack A, Phillips JO, Rubinstein JT.  Postural responses to electrical stimulation of the vestibular end organs in human subjects. Experimental Brain Research  229(2):181-95, 2013.

Golub JS, Ling L, Nie K, Nowack A, Shepherd SJ, Bierer SM, Jameyson E, Kaneko CRS, Phillips JO, Rubinstein JT. Prosthetic implantation of the human vestibular system. Otology & Neurotology 35(1):136-47, 2014.

Anderson ES, Won JH, Rubinstein JT, Drennan WR. Validation of a clinical assessment of spectral ripple resolution for cochlear implant users. Ear and Hearing 35(3):e92-8, 2014.

Won JH, Shim HJ, Lorenzi C, Rubinstein JT. Use of amplitude modulation cues recovered from frequency modulation for cochlear implant users when original speech amplitude modulation cues are severely degraded. JARO 15(3):423-39, 2014.

Shim HL, Won JH, Moon IJ, Anderson E, Drennan W, McIntosh N, Weaver E and Rubinstein J. Can unaided non-linguistic measures predict cochlear implant candidacy?  Otology & Neurotology, in press.

Drennan WR, Oleson JJ, Gfeller K, Crosson J, Won JH, Anderson ES, Rubinstein JT.  A multi-site, clinical study on the relationships among musical perception, appraisal and experience in cochlear implant users.  Submitted to International Journal of Audiology, in press.

Moon IJ, Won JH, Park MH, Ives T, Nie K, Heinz M, Lorenzi C, and Rubinstein JT. Optimal combination of neural temporal envelope and fine structure cues to explain speech identification in background noise. J Neurosci, in press.

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