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Department of Otolaryngology - Faculty

Richard Kollmar, PhD

Richard Kollmar, PhD

Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology

Dr. Kollmar earned his Diploma in Chemistry at the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, and the Max-Planck-Institute for Biochemistry in Martinsried. He earned his Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His postdoctoral training in sensory neuroscience was with Dr. A. J. Hudspeth at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and at Rockefeller University in New York. After a stint as Assistant Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he returned to New York and joined SUNY Downstate Medical Center, where he is an Associate Professor in Cell Biology and an Assistant Professor and Director of Basic Research in Otolaryngology. His first research focus is to understand the mechanisms that underlie the development and maintenance of otoliths and otoconia, from the molecular to the organismal level. His group has identified several novel otolith proteins that are implicated in extracellular-matrix formation. He is now investigating the function of these proteins both in vivo, using the zebrafish as an animal model, and in vitro.  His second research focus is to develop treatments to restore recurrent-laryngeal-nerve function after injury. This is a translational research project in collaboration with Dr. Silverman and Dr. Sundaram as well as Dr. Stewart (Physiology & Pharmacology and Neurology). Dr. Kollmar also teaches the ear lectures for CHRP students and for second-year medical students during their neuroanatomy block and provides research opportunities in his laboratory for high-school students to residents.