Dr. Ó Maoiléidigh received his BA in Theoretical Physics and MSc in High-Performance Computing from Trinity College Dublin through a full scholarship from the Irish Government. He then received his PhD in Physics from Rutgers University, where he studied pausing in transcription elongation using mathematical and computational approaches. Dr. Ó Maoiléidigh first began to work in the field of hearing research as a Guest Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems. He described how the cochlear amplifier arises from a combination of two forms of active motility in the mammalian cochlea. As a Postdoctoral Associate and Research Associate in The Rockefeller University, he developed models of cochlear mechanics, hair-bundle motility, and synaptic dynamics. A model of hair-bundle motility explained mechanistically how it is possible for hair bundles to have a different function in hearing organs in comparison to balance organs. Under Dr. Ó Maoiléidigh's guidance, several predictions of this model were verified experimentally using a novel experimental system.
Dr. Ó Maoiléidigh founded the annual Sense to Synapse conference in 2012. This meeting brings researchers together who use experimental or computational methods to study any aspect of sensory perception (http://www.sense2synapse.com/).
Dáibhid Ó Maoiléidigh joined the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Stanford University in May of 2017. His group uses mathematical and computational approaches to study hearing and balance disorders.
Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations
Member, American Physical Society (2018 - Present)
Member, Biophysical Society (2018 - Present)
Member, Association for Research in Otolaryngology (2012 - Present)
PhD, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Physics (2006)
MSc, Trinity College Dublin, High-Performance Computing (2000)
BA, Trinity College Dublin, Theoretical Physics (1999)