Fan-Gang Zeng, an internationally renowned researcher in the treatment of hearing disorders, has been named director of UCI’s Center for Hearing Research. The group comprises 25 scientists from eight departments in five schools who are bound by a common interest in hearing research. As director, Zeng plans to boost the center’s intellectual contributions and profile by enhancing translational research, promoting student involvement and building community support. In his Hearing & Speech Lab in the School of Medicine, Zeng has made seminal breakthroughs in the development of advanced cochlear implants and has discovered new treatments to ease tinnitus, the ringing in the ears that afflicts about 60 million Americans. He has chaired several National Institutes of Health study sections and is a member of the American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering, IEEE, the Acoustical Society of America and the Collegium Oto-Rhino-Laryngologicum Amicitiae Sacrum.