Bio-X Affiliated Faculty

Dr. DiRenzo's overarching research goal is to use techniques from the basic sciences and human clinical sciences to improve the prevention and management of voice disorders. Her research program is directed at improving our understanding of the biologic barriers essential to vocal fold health. Specifically, Dr. DiRenzo investigate how external factors implicated in the development of voice disorders, such as inhaled pollutants, bacteria, and viruses, compromise the function of the vocal fold epithelial and mucus barriers and how these changes may influence voice production. She is also interested in clinical and quality of life outcomes in patients with voice disorders undergoing surgical or behavioral interventions. Her ultimate aim is to utilize her research findings to develop novel interventions to prevent and manage voice disorders.