Welcome to the Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology PhD Program
at Harvard University

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Welcome to the Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology PhD Program

Welcome to the Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology PhD Program


Reach your scientific and professional goals in the heart of a vibrant city and world-class research environment

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Bertrand Delgutte
Program Director
  Gwenaëlle Géléoc
Director of Student Affairs
Sunil Puria
Director of Admission
  Josh McDermott
Chair of Curriculum Committee
Heidi Nakajima
Director of Diversity,
Equity and Inclusion
  Brad Welling
Clinical Director

A Warm Welcome


The Harvard Program in Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology (SHBT) is the only one of its kind in the country – a tight-knit research community dedicated to multidisciplinary training in basic, clinical and translational approaches to the study of all aspects of human communication and the treatment of its disorders.


SHBT includes more than 60 faculty members and roughly 40 students at various stages in their doctoral work, operating out of more than 30 different labs at Harvard, MIT, Boston University, and the Harvard teaching hospitals.


As one of six multi-disciplinary graduate programs within the Harvard Division of Medical Sciences, we capitalize on the superb resources of the broader Harvard research community.

Bill Good
Program Administrator





In the Spotlight


SHBT Admissions Open House

Gordon Hall at HMSNovember 16, 2020
6-7:30 PM EST
The event will be a great opportunity to find out more about the SHBT Program, meet our faculty and students and give you an opportunity to ask questions. We would love to have you join us! Read more here.


2020 SHBT End-of-Summer Talks

HMS Shield imageThe G4 cohort of Harvard University's program in Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology (SHBT) cordially invites you to the 2020 SHBT End-of-Summer Talks. Read more here.


SHBT Student Christine Junhui Liu Awarded Science and Innovation Fellowship

Christine Junhui LiuSHBT Student Christine Junhui Liu was among four Harvard doctoral students awarded Science and Innovation Fellowships for the 2020-2021 academic year by the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. Read more here.


Recent SHBT Graduate Ariel Yeh’s featured in the Harvard Gazette

Ariel YehSHBT Graduate Ariel Yeh’s research on recessive genes and genome editing to address hearing loss are featured in this recent article in the Harvard Gazette: Gene Editing May Be a Path to Restore Partial Hearing



Daniel LowSHBT Faculty Satrajit Ghosh and PhD student Daniel Low are quoted in this article from Business Insider. Do I sound sick to you? Researchers are building AI that would diagnose COVID-19 by listening to people talk.


SHBT Student Quoted in The Crimson

Ja Young ChoIn Harvard Ph.D. Students Map Incidents of Anti-Asian Aggression, Ja Young Cho, an SHBT Ph.D. student and co-creator of the interactive map, said the map led to some surprising findings.


SHBT Professor on YouTube

Ev FedorenkoA YouTube channel spoke with cognitive neuroscientist and SHBT Faculty member Ev Fedorenko about the language architecture of the brain, adult language learning, and the difference between thought and language.


view video here


SHBT Graduate Trending

Rachel RomeoSHBT graduate Rachel Romeo recently shared an affirming experience with a nonverbal autistic child on Twitter and Reddit


view Twitter Thread here

view Reddit Thread here


SHBT-MIT grad awarded PECASE

Cara SteppCara Stepp, an associate professor in the Department of Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences, is a 2019 recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).


view more here


Harvard Brain Initiative awards

Stephanie Haro Sara BeachMeenakshi Asokan

Three SHBT students, Stephanie Haro, Sara Beach, and Meenakshi Asokan, won the Harvard Brain Initiative (HBI) Young Scientist Development Award.


view more here


SHBT Faculty in the Spotlight

CoreyHoltSHBT Faculty David Corey (left) and Jeffrey Holt (right) are featured in the Harvard Gazette’s recent article for their research on the TMC1 gene which opens doors for precision-targeted therapies to treat hearing loss.


read full article in the Harvard Gazette