Fan-Gang Zeng, PhD, is the new chairman of the Hearing Journal's editorial board, marking a renewed commitment to publish breaking news, trends in hearing care, and the latest science and research.
Dr. Zeng is the director of the Center for Hearing Research, the research director of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, and a tenured professor of anatomy and neurobiology, biomedical engineering, cognitive sciences and otolaryngology at the University of California, Irvine.
He is also a leading researcher in auditory science and technology, unraveling brain mechanisms in loudness coding and speech recognition while translating research into commercial products, including Nurotron 26-electrode cochlear implant (Chinese SFDA approval in 2011) and SoundCure tinnitus suppressor (FDA clearance and CE Mark in 2011).
Dr. Zeng has published 100 peer-reviewed articles, with 3000 citations and an h-index of 27 (Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge Report, 2011). As a principal investigator, he has maintained continuous funding of more than $20 million for 20 years. He has consulted for the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, the National Natural Science Foundation and Ministry of Education of China, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and numerous other public and private agencies.
He has been on the editorial board for Hearing Research, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, the Journal of Association for Research in Otolaryngology, the Journal of Speech Language Hearing Research, Audiology and Neurotology, and the Journal of Otology. He served as the chair of the 2005 International Conference for Auditory Prostheses, and edited two volumes on cochlear implants (2004, 2011) and another on tinnitus (2012) for the Springer Handbook of Auditory Research. He holds 12 patents, and has been on the Advisory Board, and helped raise $50 million for five medical device companies in the United States and China.
Dr. Zeng received the Syracuse University Doctoral Prize in 1991, the FIRST Award from the NIH in 1994, the Employee of the Year Award from the House Ear Institute in 1997, the Outstanding Overseas Chinese Youth Award in 2004, and the Innovation Award from University of California in 2005. He was elected as a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (2007), Collegium Oto-Rhino-Larygologicum (2008), IEEE (2010), and the Acoustical Society of America (2011).
He received his bachelor's of science degree from the University of Science and Technology of China in 1982, a master's from Academia Sinica in 1985, and a doctorate from Syracuse University in 1990. He worked as research associate and the director of the Auditory Perception Laboratory at House Ear Institute from 1990 to 1998), as an adjunct associate professor at University of Southern California from 1996 to 1998, and a tenured professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, from 1998 to 2000.
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