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Emily Kimball

Assistant Professor, Hearing and Speech Sciences
Assistant Professor, Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery


  • B.S., 2011, University of Arizona Honors College, College of Medicine, AZ
  • M.S., 2015, University of Utah, UT
  • Ph.D., 2020, Vanderbilt University, TN


Dr. Emily Kimball completed her Bachelor of Science at the University of Arizona in Human Anatomy and Physiology, following which she spent two years studying the genetic factors leading to the development of asthma and allergic inflammation. She then completed her Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Utah and subsequently began her PhD at Vanderbilt. Dr. Kimball completed her PhD at Vanderbilt in 2020 in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences with a specialization in Voice Disorders, while concurrently completing her clinical fellowship in speech-language pathology in the Vanderbilt Voice Center.


Her research focuses primarily on the cellular and molecular underpinnings of the development of vocal fold dysfunction and pathology, with her primary line of research focusing on the structural and molecular changes to the vocal folds as a result of systemic dehydration. She has ongoing plans to continue her vocal fold pathology work in dehydration, as well as spearhead a parallel line of human subject research investigating lifestyle and behavioral modification efficacy in the treatment of benign phonotraumatic vocal fold lesions. She is excited by the vast opportunity for exploration provided by the field of voice disorders and pathology, and plans to implement cellular and molecular methodologies to a field that is turning a corner toward translational basic science research.


Kimball EE*, Sayce LJ*. Research in Speech Science and Voice Disorders: The Promise of Modern Genetic Approaches in Improving Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment.  Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups (*equally contributing authors). In press 2020.

Sayce LJ*, Powell ME*, Kimball EE, Chen P, Gartling GJ, Rousseau B. Continuous Rate Infusion of Ketamine Hydrochloride and Dexmedetomidine for Maintenance of Anesthesia during Laryngotracheal Surgery in New Zealand White Rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus). JAALAS (*co-first authors). 2020 Jan.

Kimball EE, Sayce LJ, Gartling GJ, Powell ME, Brandley J, Rousseau B. Different Vibratory Conditions Elicit Different Structural and Biological Vocal Fold Changes in an In-Vivo Rabbit Model of Phonation. Journal of Voice. 2019 Sep.

Pitman MJ, Kurita T, Powell ME, Kimball EE, Mizuta M, Garrett CG, Rousseau B. Vibratory Function and Healing Outcomes after Small Intestine Submucosa Implantation for Chronic Vocal Fold Scar. Laryngoscope. 2017 Nov.

Mizuta M, Kurita T, Dillon NP, Kimball EE, Garrett CG, Sivasankar MP, Webster RJ, Rousseau B. In-Vivo Measurement of Vocal Fold Surface Resistance. Laryngoscope. 2017 Oct.

Rousseau B, Kojima T, Novaleski CK, Kimball EE, Valenzuela CV, Mizuta M, Daniero JJ, Garrett CG, Sivasankar MP. Recovery of vocal fold epithelium after acute phonotrauma. Cells Tissues Organs. 2017 Jun.

Mizuta M, Kurita T, Kimball EE, Rousseau B. Structurally and functionally characterized in-vitro model of rabbit vocal fold epithelium. Tissue and Cell. 2017 Jun.

Novaleski CK, Kimball EE, Mizuta M, Rousseau B. Acute exposure to vibration is an apoptosis-inducing stimulus in the vocal fold epithelium. Tissue and Cell. 2016 Aug.