Kathleen E. Cullen, Ph.D.

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  • Professor of Biomedical Engineering


Dr. Kathleen Cullen is the Raj and Neera Singh Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She holds joint appointments in neuroscience and in otolaryngology – head and neck surgery.

Dr. Cullen received her B.S. from Brown University and earned her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

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  • Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  • Professor of Neuroscience
  • Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Departments / Divisions



  • B.Sc.; Brown University (Rhode Island) (1984)
  • Ph.D.; University of Chicago (Illinois) (1991)

Research & Publications


Lab Website: Cullen Lab

Selected Publications

Cullen KE. Internal models of self-motion: neural computations by the vestibular cerebellum. Trends Neurosci. 2023 Nov;46(11):986-1002. doi: 10.1016/j.tins.2023.08.009.

Wiboonsaksakul KP, Roberts DC, Della Santina CC, Cullen KE. A prosthesis utilizing natural vestibular encoding strategies improves sensorimotor performance in monkeys. PLoS Biol. 2022 Sep 14;20(9).

Zobeiri OA, and Cullen KE. Distinct Representations of Body and Head motion are Dynamically Encoded by Purkinje cell Populations in the Macaque Cerebellum. Elife. 2022 Apr 25;11:e75018

Mackrous I, Carriot J, Cullen KE. Context-independent encoding of passive and active self-motion in vestibular afferent fibers during locomotion in primates. Nature Communications 2022 Jan 10;13(1):120.

Cullen KE. Vestibular processing during natural self-motion: implications for perception and action. Nat Rev Neurosci. 2019 Jun;20(6):346-363. doi: 10.1038/s41583-019-0153-1. Review. PMID: 30914780

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