Our Team

Lab Director

Ian MertesIan B. Mertes, PhD, AuD, CCC-A

Ian Mertes received his PhD and AuD degrees in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Iowa in 2014. He was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Auditory Research Lab at the VA Loma Linda Healthcare System from 2014-2016. He joined the Department of Speech and Hearing Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Fall 2017.

Dr. Mertes is a clinically-trained hearing scientist. He studies the ascending and descending auditory pathways in individuals with normal hearing and with hearing loss. He uses a combination of otoacoustic emissions, auditory electrophysiology, and perceptual measures. The long-term of goals of his research program are to determine how sound perception is driven by the interconnections between the peripheral and central auditory systems, to delineate the effect of hearing loss on these interconnections, and to determine the impact of potential treatments such as auditory training when these interconnections are impaired.


Current members:

Doctor of Audiology students:

  • Morgan Potocki
  • Abigail Stutz
  • Celine Auriemma
  • Ali Marquess

Lab alumni:

Doctor of Audiology students:

  • Kristin Johnson
  • ZoĆ« Dinger

Undergraduate students:

  • Sandra Kogan
  • Elizabeth Musur
  • Gabrielle Van Zant
  • Arianna Bastys
  • Margo Lanier
  • Natalie Raden
  • Lydia Griffith