Kathleen Cullen is a professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and co-director of the Center for Hearing and Balance at Johns Hopkins University. She is also affiliated with the departments of Neuroscience and Otolaryngology, and is on the Board of the Kavli Neuroscience Discovery Institute.
Dr. Cullen’s research is aimed at understanding how the brain creates neural representations of our motion to ensure the maintenance of balance, posture, and accurate perceptual stability during everyday activities. She also studies neuronal activity and behavior before and after vestibular loss, and evaluates treatments (e.g., neuroprosthetic devices) designed to restore vestibular function and motor performance in patients.
Dr. Cullen has served on numerous editorial boards (i.e., Scientific Reports, Neuroscience, J. Neurosci., J. Neurophys. J. Res. Otolaryng.), as well as on the Scientific Advisory Board of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, which works with NASA to identify health risks in extended space flight. She was honored with the Halpike-Nylen medal of the Barany Society for “outstanding contributions to basic vestibular science” and is vice president and program chair of the Society for the Neural Control of Movement. She has published more than 120 articles, book chapters and patent applications and given over 160 national and international invited lectures.