Susan Thibeault, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Position title: Professor


Phone: (608) 263-6751; (608) 263-0121

1485 Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research (WIMR)
1111 Highland Ave
Madison, WI 53705-2275

Susan Thibeault, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Department of Surgery Profile


B.S., University of Western Ontario, Biology, London, Ontario, Canada, 1989
M.S. Communication Disorders, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY, 1992
Ph.D. Communication Disorders, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 2001

Research Statement

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.

Representative Publications

Search PubMed for the most recent articles by Dr. Thibeault.

Bartlett RS, Thibeault SL, Prestwich GD. Therapeutic potential of gel-based injectables for vocal fold regeneration. Biomedical materials (Bristol, England). 2012 mar 29; 7(2):024103. PubMed PMID: 22456756.

Gaston J, Quinchia Rios B, Bartlett R, Berchtold C, Thibeault SL. The response of vocal fold fibroblasts and mesenchymal stromal cells to vibration. PLoS ONE. 2012; 7(2):e30965. PubMed PMID: 22359557; PubMed Central PMCID: 3281043.

Bartlett RS, Heckman WW, Isenberg J, Thibeault SL, Dailey SH. Genetic characterization of vocal fold lesions: leukoplakia and carcinoma. Laryngoscope. 2012 Feb; 122(2):336-42. PubMed PMID: 22252855.

Li NY, Lee BJ, Thibeault SL. Temporal and spatial expression of high-mobility group box 1 in surgically injured rat vocal folds. Laryngoscope. 2012 Feb; 122(2):364-9. PubMed PMID: 22252485.

Bartlett R, Jetté ME, King SN, Schaser A, Thibeault SL. Fundamental approaches in molecular biology for communication sciences and disorders. Journal of speech, language, and hearing research : JSLHR. 2012 Jan 9. PubMed ID: 22232415