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Sterbing-D'Angelo, Susanne

Susanne Sterbing-D'Angelo
Assistant Research Scientist
Ames Hall, Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore MD 21218

Research Interests 

Echolocating bats exhibit an extraordinary array of solutions to the challenges of maneuvering in cluttered environments, pursuing evasive prey, taking food from water surfaces, and landing on the ceiling or walls of confined spaces (holes in trees, rafters in attics, ceiling of caves). Somatosensory signaling of airflow along the wing membrane contributes to this exquisite flight control, but successful navigation in the dark must also engage multisensory processes that guide a suite of adaptive motor behaviors.  We are interested in the multisensory components of this sophisticated model system that are involved in flight control, like auditory (sonar), tactile, and proprioceptive components.  The goal is to link changes in neural activity to behavioral changes, i.e., adaptive flight trajectories and vocal-motor patterns. Indices of state changes will play an important role in the development of hybrid control system models and algorithms for robotic platforms.

Selected Publications 

SJ Sterbing, CF Moss (2017, epub ahead of print) Comparative analysis of the distribution and morphology of tactile hairs on the wing membrane of four bat species, J. of Mammal. gyx146,

Sterbing-D'Angelo, S.J., Chadha, M., Marshall, K.L. and Moss, C.F., 2016. Functional role of airflow sensing hairs on the bat wing. Journal of Neurophysiology, pp.jn-00261.

Sterbing-D’Angelo SJ, Liu H, Yu M, Moss CF. (2016) Morphology and deflection properties of bat wing sensory hairs: scanning electron microscopy, laser scanning vibrometry, and mechanics model, Bioinspir. Biomimetics 11(5). DOI: 10.1088/1748-3190/11/5/056008

Marshall, K. L., Chadha, M., Sterbing-D’Angelo, S. J., Moss, C. F., & Lumpkin, E. A. (2015). Somatosensory Substrates of Flight Control in Bats. Cell Reports 11 (6): 851- 858. DOI: 10.1016/j.celrep.2015.04.001

Sterbing-D'Angelo, S.J., Moss, C.F. (2014) Air flow sensing in bats.  In: „Flow Sensing in Air and Water – Behavioral, Neural and Engineering Principles of Operation“. (Bleckmann, H., Mogdans, J., Coombs, S.L.,eds.) Springer, New York, Heidelberg. Pp. 197-213. ISBN 978-3-642-41446-6.

Camalier, C.R. , D'Angelo, W.R., Sterbing-D'Angelo, S.J. , de la Mothe, L.M., Hackett, T.A. (2012) Neural latencies across auditory cortex of macaque support a dorsal-stream supramodal timing advantage in primates. PNAS 109 (44) 18168-18173.DOI:10.1073/pnas.1206387109.

Sterbing-D'Angelo, S., Chadha, M., Chiu, C., Falk, B., Xian, W., Barcelo, J., Zook J.M., Moss, C.F. (2011) Bat wing sensors support flight control. PNAS 108: 11291-11296, DOI:10.1073/pnas.10187440108.

Kajikawa, Y., Camalier, C.R., de la Mothe, L.A., D’Angelo, W.R., Sterbing-D’Angelo, S.J., Hackett, T.A. (2011) Auditory cortical tuning to band-pass noise in primate A1 and CM: a comparison to pure tones. Neurosci. Res. 70:401-407.

Chadha, M., Moss, C.F., Sterbing-D’Angelo, S.J. (2010) Organization of the primary somatosensory cortex and wing representation in the Big Brown Bat, Eptesicus fuscus. J. Comp. Physiol. A. 197: 89-96. DOI 10.1007/s00359-010-0590-9

Sterbing-D’Angelo, S.J. (2009) Evolution of the auditory system. In: Encyclopedia of Neuroscience, Part 5, M.D. Binder, N. Hirokawa, U. Windhorst (eds.), Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp.1286-1288. DOI 10.1007/978-3-540-29678-2_3144.

Kajikawa, Y., de la Mothe, L.A., Blumell, S., Sterbing-D’Angelo, S.J., D’Angelo, W.R., Camalier, C., Hackett, T.A. (2008) Coding of FM sweep trains and twitter calls in area CM of marmoset auditory cortex. Hear. Res. 239, 107-125.

Sterbing-D’Angelo, S.J. (2007) Evolution of sound localization in mammals. In: Evolution of Nervous Systems, J. Kaas et al. (eds.), Elsevier (Imprint Academic Press), Chapter 3.20, Pages 253-260, (ISBN: 0-12-392560-6).

Schlack, A., Sterbing-D'Angelo, S.J., Hartung, K., Hoffmann, K.P., Bremmer, F. (2005) Multisensory space representations in the macaque ventral intraparietal area. J. Neuroscience 25, 4616 - 4625.

Hackett, T.A., Karmos, G., Schroeder, C.E., Ulbert, I., Sterbing-D’Angelo, S.J.,  D’Angelo, W.R., Kajikawa, Y., Blumell, S., de la Mothe, L. (2005) Neurosurgical access to cortical areas in the lateral fissure of primates, J. Neurosci. Meth. 141,103 -113.

D'Angelo, W.R., Sterbing, S.J., Ostapoff, E.M., Kuwada, S. (2005) The role of GABA-ergic inhibition in the coding of interaural time difference of low-frequency sounds in the inferior colliculus. J. Neurophysiology 93, 3390-3400.

Sivaramakrishnan, S., Sterbing-D’Angelo, S.J., Filipovic, B., D’Angelo, W.R., Oliver, D.L., Kuwada, S. (2004) GABAA Synapses Shape Neuronal Responses to Sound Intensity in the Inferior Colliculus, J. Neuroscience 24, 5031-5043.

D’Angelo, W.R., Sterbing, S.J., Ostapoff, E.M., Kuwada, S. (2003) Effects of amplitude modulation on the coding of interaural time differences of low-frequency sounds in the inferior colliculus. II. Neural mechanisms. J. Neurophysiol. 90, 2827-2836.

Sterbing, S.J., D’Angelo, W.R., Ostapoff, E.M., Kuwada, S. (2003) Effects of amplitude modulation on the coding of interaural time differences of low-frequency sounds in the inferior colliculus. I. Response properties. J. Neurophysiol. 90, 2818-2826.

Sterbing, S.J., Schrott-Fischer A. (2003) Neuronal responses in the inferior colliculus of mutant mice (Bronx waltzer) with hereditary inner hair cell loss. Hear. Res. 177, 91-99.

Sterbing, S.J., Hartung, K., Hoffmann, K.-P. (2003), Spatial tuning to virtual sounds in the inferior colliculus of the guinea pig. J. Neurophysiol. 90, 2648-2659.

Sterbing, S.J., Hartung, K., Hoffmann, K.-P. (2002), Representation of sound source direction in the superior colliculus of the guinea pig in a virtual auditory environment, Exp. Brain Res. 142, 570-577.

Sterbing S.J., Schrott-Fischer, A. (2002) Electrophysiological characteristics of inferior colliculus neurons in mutant mice with hereditary absence of cochlear outer hair cells, Hear. Res. 170, 179-189.

Sterbing, S.J. (2002) The postnatal development of vocalizations and hearing in the phyllostomid bat, Carollia perspicillata, J. Mamm. 83, 515-525.

Hartung, K., Sterbing, S.J. (2001), A computational model of sound localization based on neurophysiological data. In: Computational models of auditory function, S. Greenberg and M. Slaney (eds.), IOS Press, NATO Science Series, Amsterdam, pp.113-126 ( ISBN: 90-5199-457-5).

Hartung, K., Braasch, J., Sterbing, S.J. (1999), Comparison of different methods for the interpolation of head-related transfer functions. In: Spatial sound reproduction, Audio Engineering Society Inc., pp. 319-329.

Hartung, K., Sterbing, S.J. (1999) A physiology-based computational model for sound localization. In: Psychophysics, physiology and models of hearing, Dau, T., Hohmann, V., Kollmeier, B. (eds.) World Scientific Publishing, Singapore, pp.179-184 (ISBN: 978-981-02-3741-7).

Sterbing, S.J., Hartung, K. (1999) Effects of sound pressure level, stimulus duration, and binaural correlation on virtual sound source coding in the inferior colliculus of the guinea pig. In: Psychophysics, physiology and models of hearing, Dau, T., Hohmann, V., Kollmeier, B. (eds.), World Scientific Publishing, Singapore, pp.27-30 (ISBN: 978-981-02-3741-7).

Hartung, K., Sterbing, S.J. (1997), Generation of virtual sound sources for the electrophysiological characterization of auditory spatial tuning in the guinea pig. In: Acoustical signal processing in the central auditory system. J. Syka (Ed.), Plenum Press, New York. pp. 407-412 (ISBN: 0-306-45608-7).

Related News 

ISR researchers win additional $948K NSF Neural and Cognitive Systems grant
ISR researchers Cynthia Moss and Susanne Sterbing-D'Angelo, along with alumna Mounya Elhilali and their colleague Rajit Mittal, will conduct the research at Johns Hopkins University. August 9, 2017

Sterbing-D'Angelo interviewed by Forbes magazine
She explains her work using 3D printers to create large polymer fiber hairs that mimic hairs on bat wings. May 15, 2015

Bats' touch sensor cells enable precision flight
ISR's Moss, Sterbing-D'Angelo among research team publishing results in Cell Reports May 11, 2015

New AFOSR NIFTI Center features eight Clark School faculty
Center will create bio-inspired solutions for small, remotely operated aircraft. April 14, 2015

Heavy media coverage for bat wing hair research findings
Moss, Sterbing-D'Angelo have been interviewed by print and television reporters. July 28, 2011

Tiny hairs on bats’ wings act as speedometers
Finding could lead to new air speed and stall detectors for aircraft June 21, 2011

ISR appoints three new assistant research scientists
Bandyopadhyay, Depireux, Sterbing-D’Angelo to join faculty in July. June 25, 2009