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Dr Snezana Levic

Dr Snezana Levic

Senior Lecturer in Physiology
T: +44 (0)1273 642103
Location: Huxley Building, University of Brighton, BN2 4GJ

Areas of expertise: Development and regeneration of auditory system; electrophysiology

Research areas: Neuroscience; cell and developmental biology; imaging


Snezana received her PhD in Neuroscience from University of California, Davis in 2006.  After working as a research scientist at the universities in USA, France and UK, Snezana joined BSMS as a Lecturer in Physiology in 2014.


  • Functional development and maturation of the auditory system
  • Role of spontaneous electrical activity in developing auditory system
  • Mechanisms underlying various forms of hearing loss
  • Mechanism and function of calcium signaling pathways in the auditory system


Snezana is a Phase 1 SSC lead and is involved in teaching SSCs for all modules in Phase 1. She  has been a leader for Module 102 in 2006, and for Module 203 in 2019 and 2020. She is also an  Academic Tutor for incoming students.

Selected publications

Tani T. , Koike-Tani M, Tran MT, Shribak M, Levic S. Postnatal structural development of mammalian Basilar Membrane provides anatomical basis for the maturation of tonotopic maps and frequency tuning. Scientific Reports (accepted for publication in March 2021) 

Russell IJ, Lukashkina VA, Levic S, Cho YW, Lukashkin AN, Ng L, Forrest D. Emilin 2 promotes the mechanical gradient of the cochlear basilar membrane and resolution of frequencies in sound. Sci Adv. 2020 Jun 10;6(24) 

Ghezzi P., Floridi L., Boraschi D., Cuadrado A., Manda G., Levic S., D'Acquisto F., Hamilton A., Athersuch T.J., Selley L. Oxidative Stress and Inflammation Induced by Environmental and Psychological Stressors: A Biomarker Perspective. Antioxid Redox Signal. 2018 28(9) 852-872. 

Lukashkina V.A., Levic S., Lukashkin A.N., Strenzke N., Russell I.J., A Connexin30 mutation rescues hearing and reveals roles for gap-junctions in cochlear amplification and micromechanics, Nature Communications 2017; Feb 21;8:14530: 1-9 .

Levic S., Yamoah E.N. Method for Dissecting the Auditory Epithelium (Basilar Papilla) in Developing Chick Embryos. Methods Mol Biol. 2016;1427:463-70.

Levic S., Dulon D. The temporal characteristics of Ca2+ entry through L-type and T-type Ca2+ channels shape exocytosis efficiency in chick auditory hair cells during development. Journal of Neurophysiology, 2012, 108(11):3116-23.

Levic S., Lv P., Yamoah E.N. The activity of spontaneous action potentials in developing hair cells is regulated by Ca-dependence of a transient K current. PLoS One. 2011;6(12).

Levic S., Bouleau Y., Dulon D. Developmental acquisition of a rapid calcium-regulated vesicle supply allows sustained high rates of exocytosis in auditory hair cells. PLoS One. 2011;6(10).

Levic S., Yamoah E.N. Plasticity in membrane cholesterol contributes towards electrical maturation of hearing. J Biol Chem. 2011; 286(7):5768-73. 

Levic S., Nie L., Tuteja D., Harvey M., Sokolowski B.H., Yamoah E.N. Development and regeneration of hair cells share common functional features. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2007 104(48):19108-13. 

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