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Susan Thibeault, PhD, CCC-SLP

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Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research (WIMR) BLDG. 1485
MADISON, WI 53705-2275

Susan Thibeault, PhD, CCC-SLP

Diane M. Bless Endowed Chair in Otolaryngology
Division of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery


  • BS, University of Western Ontario, Biology, London, Ontario, Canada, 1989
  • MS Communication Disorders, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY, 1992
  • PhD Communication Disorders, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 2001

Clinical Specialties

Dr. Thibeault is the Director of the Voice and Swallow Section of the Otolaryngology Clinics, which specializes in evaluation and treatment of patients with voice, resonance, swallowing and airway disorders.

Research Interests

Dr. Thibeault’s translational research investigates molecular and genetic factors that are the basis of normal vocal fold tissue and its vibration. Dr Thibeault studies vocal fold injury and wound healing as a disordered model. Specifically, Dr Thibeault’s lab has two main areas of study — tissue engineering of the vocal fold lamina propria and laryngeal immunology. The lab has developed unique primary and immortalized human cell lines, in addition to vibrational bioreactors to aid in the research pursuit.

Dr. Thibeault's Lab


Active Clinical Trials

Recent Publications
  • Biomechanical Screening of Cell Therapies for Vocal Fold Scar.
    Bartlett RS, Gaston JD, Yen TY, Ye S, Kendziorski C, Thibeault SL
    Tissue Eng Part A 2015 Jul 22.
    [PubMed ID: 26119510]
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  • Transillumination for needle localization in the larynx.
    Hoffman HT, Dailey SH, Bock JM, Thibeault SL, McCulloch TM
    Laryngoscope 2015 May 28.
    [PubMed ID: 26019116]
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  • Epidermal growth factor mediated healing in stem cell-derived vocal fold mucosa.
    Palencia L, Das A, Palecek SP, Thibeault SL, Leydon C
    J. Surg. Res. 2015 Jul; 197(1):32-8.
    [PubMed ID: 25818979, PMC ID: 4457682]
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  • Microstructural and mechanical characterization of scarred vocal folds.
    Heris HK, Miri AK, Ghattamaneni NR, Li NY, Thibeault SL, Wiseman PW, Mongeau L
    J Biomech 2015 Feb 26; 48(4):708-11.
    [PubMed ID: 25648495, PMC ID: 4337956]
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  • Ontogeny of the mouse vocal fold epithelium.
    Lungova V, Verheyden JM, Herriges J, Sun X, Thibeault SL
    Dev. Biol. 2015 Mar 15; 399(2):263-82.
    [PubMed ID: 25601450, PMC ID: 4352410]
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