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Chenkai Dai

Chenkai Dai

Associate Professor of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering Office: Engineering Lab 114 Lab: Stephenson Research and Technology Center 1135 405-325-3234 Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering - University of Oklahoma, 2008


Our research focuses on the ear, an organ in charge of hearing and balancing functions. Our interests include but are not limited to neurophysiology of the ear, medical devices for restoring/protecting hearing and balancing, mechanics in aging or disorders of the ear, computational modeling of the ear, and testing and 3D printing of medical materials.

Selected Publications:

Liang, J., Nakmali, D., Gan, R. Z., Lu, H., and Dai, C. (2020) Human round window; Micro-fringe projection; Finite element method; Inverse method, Otol. Neurotol. (in press).

Liang, J., Engles, W. G., Smith, K. D., Dai, C., and Gan, R. Z. (2020) Mechanical properties of baboon tympanic membrane from young to adult. J. Assoc. Res. Otolaryngol. Aug 11, 2020. doi: 10.1007/s10162-020-00765-0.

Hedjoudje, A., Hayden, R., Dai, C., Ahn, J., Rahman, M., Risi, F., Zhang, J., Mori, S., and Della Santina, C. C. (2019) Virtual Rhesus labyrinth model predicts responses to electrical stimulation delivered by a vestibular prosthesis. J. Assoc. Res. Otolaryngol. 20(4): 313-339. doi: 10.1007/s10162-019-00725-3.

Dai, C., Lehar, M., Sun, D. Q., Swarthout, L., Carey, J. P., MacLachlan, T., Brough, D., Staecker, H., Della Santina, A. M., Hullar, T. E., and Della Santina, C. C. (2017) Rhesus cochlear and vestibular function are preserved after inner ear injection of saline volume sufficient for gene therapy delivery. J. Assoc. Res. Otolaryngol. 18(4): 601-617. doi: 10.1007/s10162-017-0628-6.

Dai, C., Fridman, G. Y., Chiang, B., Ahn, J. H., Davidovics, N. S., and Della Santina, C. C. (2013) Directional plasticity rapidly improves 3D vestibulo-ocular reflex alignment in monkeys using a multichannel vestibular prosthesis. JARO 14(6): 863-77. doi: 10.1007/s10162-013-0413-0.

Dai, C., Fridman, G. Y., Davidovics, N. S., Chiang, B., Ahn, J. H., and Della Santina, C. C. (2011) Restoration of 3D vestibular sensation in rhesus monkeys using a multichannel vestibular prosthesis. Hear. Res. 281(1-2): 74-83. doi: 10.1016/j.heares.2011.08.008.