About Us

   OtoScience Labs (OSL) is devoted to increasing awareness of and developing solutions for the problems of noise, hearing loss, and tinnitus. We are inventors and developers of technology to better measure hearing loss and tinnitus in animal models and humans. OSL is the exclusive licensee of technology from SIU School of Medicine (US Patents 8,088,077 and 8,888,712) and research on OSL’s human tinnitus test is currently funded by the US Department of Defense. OSL brings decades of experience to the field of hearing research. OSL specializes in contract research in ototoxicity and noise consulting services for biomedical research facilities and industry.  

 

Jeremy Turner
PhD, Co-Founder, Chief Executive and Chief Scientific Officer

 

  Dr. Turner received his PhD in 1999 in auditory neuroscience studying mouse hearing under Dr. James Willott. Dr. Turner has authored several dozen scientific publications related to hearing and has received grant funding from National Institutes of Health, Tinnitus Research Consortium, and the US Department of Defense. He is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, Association for Research in Otolaryngology, American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, and American Tinnitus Association. He was recently appointed as a member of the American Tinnitus Association’s Scientific Advisory Committee

Michael Kinder
Co-Founder, Vice President for Business Development

 

  Mr. Kinder has a 45-year career in electronics that spans early µprocessor designs and work on the A10 Thunderbolt (Warthog) in 1976, and data loggers, embedded controls, and robotics from 1979-1990. Since 1990 he has been involved in the behavioral instrumentation industry where he worked on the first commercial startle system in 1992 and in 1997 he founded Kinder Scientific where he serves as President. Mr. Kinder and Dr. Turner have worked together for over 10 years in the development of novel assays for measuring hearing loss and tinnitus, which has resulted in two US Patents (8,088,077 and 8,888,712)

Annette Turner
RN, Lab Manager

 

  Annette is a Registered Nurse with 24 years of experience in the health field, ranging from hemodialysis to obstetrics.  The past two years, she has been at OSL as an animal researcher.  She coordinates and oversees the care and use of the lab animals and manages the research personnel.  Some of her lab responsibilities include conducting auditory brainstem response (ABR) testing, behavioral testing for hearing loss and tinnitus and cochlear dissections.  She is a current member of American Association for Laboratory Animal Science.

Sandra Puczynski
PhD, Grants and Regulatory Affairs 

 

 Dr. Puczynski provides regulatory support and guidance for clinical studies being conducted by OtoScience Labs (OSL).  She also assists with grant planning, development and implementation.  Dr. Puczynski has more than 25 years experience leading clinical research programs at various academic institutions and has administered many clinical trials funded by NIH, DoD and Industry.  She is currently assisting OSL with a multi-site evaluating a device for the objective assessment of tinnitus in humans.

Doug Allgaier
BS, Research Technician

 

  Doug has a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Psycholoy and minor in Environmental Biology and Economics. Doug is a Research Technician at OSL who specializes in noise, ultrasonic noise, and vibration testing in biomedical research facilities and in industrial settings.  

Brian Chumley
B.S., Accounting  

 

  Brian graduated in 1994 from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with a B.S. in Accounting.  He has over 20 years experience in accounting and internal auditing with a focus in governmental accounting.     

Hannah Turner
Research Technician

 

  Hannah is an animal research technician at OSL with experience conducting behavioral testing for hearing loss and tinnitus, animal care and use, and is currently learning cochlear dissection techniques. She is a student at Illinois College. 

Matthew Martin
Information Technology

 

 

Amanda Henton
Research Intern 

 

  Amanda Henton is a senior at Illinois College, majoring in Psychology and minoring in music. While at IC Amanda is an active Girls on the Run coach as well as the event director for Illinois College’s Relay For Life. She is also an active member of the college’s wind ensemble and works in the Psychology department. After graduation, Amanda plans on attending a neuroscience graduate program.

    

Leanna Pantier 
Research Intern

 

  Leanna Pantier is a senior at Illinois College majoring in Biology and Psychology. Once her undergraduate career is completed, she hopes to move on to pursuit a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Neuropsychology. At IC, she is very active in choral groups, biology club, and works in the Student Work Office on campus.

   OSL is driven by the highest quality, automated measurement. Our motto is that if you can’t measure it you certainly can’t understand it. Whether it is tinnitus, hearing loss, noise and ultrasonic noise, or vibration. Our work is driven by providing measurements to inform decisions.

 

“….when you can measure what you are speaking about and express it in numbers you know something about it; but when you cannot measure it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meagre and unsatisfactory kind: it may be the beginning of knowledge, but you have scarcely, in your thoughts, advanced to the stage of science, whatever the matter may be.”

Lord Kelvin 1891