New Postdoc

May 2018

We welcome Amandine Jarysta to our lab as a new postdoctoral researcher! She worked on germ cell development for her thesis at Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique (CEA) in France, and studied at Paris Sud – Orsay.

New Research Assistant

April 2018

Matt Day has joined us as our new Research Assistant! He will eventually replace Nick when Nick leaves to pursue his graduate research. Matt is a recent graduate from the University of Maine where he received his Bachelor’s in Biology.

New Postdoc!

February 2018

Anil Akturk joins our lab as a Postdoctoral Researcher! Anil is fresh out of Cornell University where he completed his PhD with Dr. Yuxin Mao.

Research Assistant position

January 2018

We are looking for a talented and dedicated Research Assistant to complement our team. See details on the job posting.

Protein Daple coordinates single cell and organ-wide directionality in the inner ear

December 2017

Our latest paper with the Hudspeth lab at The Rockefeller University is now out, in open access:

This was a fun and fruitful collaboration, thank you Kim and Jim!

A nice surprise

December 2016

Our recent paper was highlighted in Science in the Editor’s choice “This week in other journals” section

Our new paper is out!

October 2016

News - Paper


The staircase pattern of the hair bundle, with stereocilia of graded heights across rows, is a universal feature of hair cells essential for sensory function. We uncover evidence that suggests this unique architecture could be specified by a protein complex guiding planar polarization of the hair cell before the hair bundle emerges. Article



We join the organizing committee of the “The Mouse as an Instrument for Ear Research”

January 2016

The Mouse as an Instrument for Ear Research VII

The Mouse as an Instrument for Ear Research VII

The Tarchini Lab participates in the organization of the seventh “Mouse as an Instrument for Ear Research” workshop that will take place at the Jackson Laboratory from September 18th to September 23rd, 2016. Click here for more information and a link to register online.

Nick Devanney joins the lab as Research Assistant

August 2015

Nick DevanneyNick Devanney has joined the Tarchini lab as a Research Assistant. Nick graduated from the University of New Hampshire, where he earned a B.S. degree in the honors program for Biochemistry, Molecular, and Cellular Biology. Nick plans to spend a couple of years with the Tarchini lab in order to gain research experience before continuing on to graduate school. He currently plans to pursue a PhD.

Outside of the lab, Nick is an avid hiker and snowboarder who loves to explore and go on adventures. Nick is also a musician and enjoys playing guitar and producing electronic music on his computer.

Our work inspires a knitted model of a hair cell!

July 2015


Our work inspired a crafty model of a hair cell that was picked up by Science magazine to be displayed on their news website. In this knitted representation of the cell sensing sound in the inner ear, the “hair cell”, there is a small cord for the kinocilium and knitted fringe for the V-shaped brush that gives the hair cell its name.  The smooth yarn above the brush represents the “bare zone” as described in Tarchini et al. Conversely, as the area below the brush is covered with microvilli, a more fuzzy novelty yarn was used.

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