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Dr Mann established her research group at KCL in 2020. Her current research is focused on understanding how metabolism influences the molecular mechanisms that specify cell fate in the developing cochlea; Current projects in the lab are investigating (i) differences in the metabolic profile of developing hair cells along the tonotopic basal-to-apical axis of the cochlea; (ii) how metabolic activity regulates development of hair cell positional identity; (iii) how interactions between metabolic pathways and known morphogen gradients in the developing cochlea can determine specific hair cell phenotypes and (iv) how metabolic pathways regulate the frequency-specific properties of hair cell stereocilia during development.