Christoph Schreiner, MD, PhD

Christoph Schreiner
Professor and Vice Chair
Degree: MD, PhD
Christoph E. Schreiner, MD, PhD, is Professor in the Departments of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (OHNS), and Bioengineering&Therapeutic Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. He received his master degree and PhD degree, both in physics, from the University of Göttingen, Germany. Dr. Schreiner completed a medical degree from the University of Göttingen, and the Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany, followed by a neuroscience research fellowship at UCSF.

Dr. Schreiner’s research focuses on understanding of the functional organization of central auditory stations of the mammalian brain. He is mainly interested in the role of the auditory forebrain (medial geniculate body and auditory cortex) in the encoding of complex auditory signals - such as speech and communication signals - in normal and hearing-impaired models. By combining physiological, neuroanatomical, and computational approaches, Dr. Schreiner and his colleagues attempt to provide a better understanding of the cortical processing of complex sounds and its contribution to sound perception.

Dr. Schreiner is a member of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, the Society for Neuroscience, the American Physiological Society, and the Acoustical Society of America. He has published over 150 reviewed articles, and he has also contributed to over 50 book chapters.

Basic and translational neuroscience research

Central auditory nervous processing of sounds

Professional Interests:
Physiology of the mammalian central auditory system, cortical plasticity, speech and communication, neuroanatomical foundation of auditory forebrain, hearing loss and tinnitus, dyslexia, physiological substrates of auditory perception, computational neuroscience of audition

Education and Training:
• PhD: University of Göttingen, Germany
• Medical School: University Göttingen, Germany
• Post-doctoral Fellowship: University of California, San Francisco

Awards and Honors:
• 2000 Research and Development Council of New Jersey - Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award