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Kathleen E. Cullen, Ph.D.

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  • Professor of Biomedical Engineering


Dr. Kathleen Cullen is a 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. more


  • 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. 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

Jamali M, Carriot J, Chacron MJ, Cullen KE. Coding strategies in the otolith system differ for translational head motion vs. static orientation relative to gravity. elife. 2019 Jun 14;8. pii: e45573. doi: 10.7554/eLife.45573.

Kwan A, Forbes PA, Mitchell DE, Blouin JS, Cullen KE. Neural substrates, dynamics and thresholds of galvanic vestibular stimulation in the behaving primate. Nat Commun. 2019 Apr 23;10(1):1904. doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-09738-1.

Mitchell DE, Kwan A, Carriot J, Chacron MJ, Cullen KE. Neuronal variability and tuning are balanced to optimize naturalistic self-motion coding in primate vestibular pathways. eLife. 2018 Dec 18; 7:e43019. doi: 10.7554/eLife.43019.

Dale A, Cullen KE. The ventral posterior lateral thalamus preferentially encodes externally applied versus active movement: implications for self-motion perception. Cerebral Cortex. 2017 Nov 28; 29(1):305-318. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhx325.

Cullen KE, Taube JS. Our sense of direction: Progress, controversies and challenges. Nature Neuroscience. 2017 Oct 26; 20(11):1465-1473. doi:10.1038/nn.4658.

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