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  • Professor of Neuroscience
  • Director, Pre-Medical Program


  • BS, SUNY College at Buffalo
  • MA, SUNY at Buffalo
  • PhD, SUNY at Buffalo


Lynne Bianchi is a professor of neuroscience and specializes in developmental neurobiology and the auditory system. She is also the full time advisor and programming director for students and alumni from all majors interested in pursuing graduate programs in medicine or allied health fields. She joined Oberlin College in 1998, began working with premed students in 2011, and became Premedical Program Director in 2014. Lynne received her PhD in Anatomy and Cell Biology. Prior to Oberlin she worked as a research scientist at a biotech company in New York and in the Department of Otolaryngology at the Medical University of South Carolina.

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Reviews and Research Papers

Barald, K.F., Shen, Y-S, and Bianchi LM  (2017) Chemokines and Cytokines on the neuroimmunoaxis: Inner ear neurotrophic cytokines in development and repair. Experimental Neurology .

Bank, L.M., Bianchi, L.M. , Ebisu, F., et al. (2012) The cytokine Macrophage Migration Inhibitory Factor (MIF) acts as a neurotrophin for neurons in the developing mammalian and avian inner ears. Development 139:4666-4674.

Bianchi, L.M.and Fuchs, P.A.  (2010)  Development of the Inner Ear.  Oxford Handbook of Auditory Science Paul Fuchs, Ed., Oxford University Press. pp329-353.

Bianchi, L.M., *Huri, D., and *White, I.O. (2006) Embryonic inner ear cells use migratory mechanisms to establish cell patterns in vitro.  J Neuro Res 83:191-198 and Cover Illustration.

Haung, EJ, Liu, W, Fritzsch, B, Bianchi, LM, Reichardt, LF and Xiang, M (2001)  Brn-3a is a transcriptional regulator of soma size, target field innervation and axon pathfinding of inner ear sensory neurons.  Development, 128, 2421-2432.

Cowan, C; Yokoyama, N; Bianchi, LM; Henkemeyer, M; and Fritzsch, B. (2000) EphB2 tyrosine kinase activity guides axons at the midline and is necessary for normal vestibular function Neuron  26: 417-430

Conover, JC; Erickson, JT; Katz, DM;  Bianchi, LM;  Poueymirou, WT;  McClain, JL; Pan, L;  Helgren, M;  Ip, NY;  Boland, P; Friedman, B; Weigand, S; Vejsada, R; Kato, A; and Yancopoulos, GD. (1995). Neuronal deficits, not involving motor neurons, in mice lacking BDNF and/or NT4  Nature, 375, 235-238.


Bianchi, L.M. (2018) Developmental Neurobiology. New York, Garland Science.


  • Lynne Bianchi Serves as Guest Editor

    March 8, 2018

    Lynne Bianchi, along with colleagues Kate Barald of University of Michigan and Richard Zigmond of Case Western Reserve University, served as a guest editor for the special issue of Experimental Neurology titled “Chemokines and Cytokines in Neural Development and Regeneration.” The issue includes articles highlighting the many ways in which cytokines—proteins traditionally thought to be damaging to the nervous system—are also necessary for development, regeneration, and protection from damage. The issue includes a paper by Bianchi and colleagues that reviews the importance of cytokines during normal development of auditory neurons.

  • Lynne Bianchi Publishes Textbook

    December 11, 2017

    Professor of Neuroscience and Pre-Medical Program Director Lynne Bianchi  published Developmental Neurobiology, a full length textbook describing the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie embryonic development of the nervous system. The book was launched from November 11 to 15 at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience held in Washington, D.C. The publisher, Garland Science, hosted a "Meet the Authors" session on November 13 during which Bianchi discussed her book with other instructors.

    The book includes descriptions of ground-breaking discoveries that had a major influence on the field, including discoveries by Oberlin alumni Roger Sperry '35, '37, Stanley Cohan '45;  Bruce McEwen '59, and Larry Zipurski '77.  It also features contributions from five recent graduates;  Hillary Mullan '14, Roman Corfas '08, Zeeba Daruwalla Kabir, '05, Briana Carroll '11, and Josh Kogan '14.