Ahlam Salameh earned her Ph.D. in Neurophysiology from the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at Case Western Reserve University in 2017. She joined the McDermott Laboratory immediately after as a postdoctoral scholar. In the McDermott lab, she is interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms that regulate the health of the inner ear hair cells. Particularly, she is investigating the role that several actin-binding and actin bundling proteins play in the development and the maintenance of the actin-rich meshwork known as the cuticular plate and the impact of knocking them out on the formation of the hair bundle. To unwind after a long day in the lab, she likes to garden, listen to music, and read.