Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, no visitors are permitted at any Ohio State hospitals, with some exceptions.

In light of this situation, we are not engaging in in-person testing at our lab at this time. However, we are still accepting long distance patients.


The mission of the Nasal Physiology and Therapeutic Center is to study the interplay between nasal airflow, nasal obstruction, loss of smell and nasal sinus disease. Since the main physiological function of the nose is the passage of airflow, conditioning that airflow and sensing the odor within the flow (smell), it is important to understand one major question – how does the nose recognize and meet these functions? By exploring the answer to this question, our aim is to better understand what causes nasal obstruction, leading to a better understanding of the nature of nasal sinus disease and ultimately optimizing treatments or surgical options for nasal sinus disease.


Accelerator Award Grant Selection for Non-Invasive Nasal Aid to Relieve Nasal Obstruction Sensation Project  

Congratulations to Dr. Zhao and the team for the Accelerator Award proposal acceptance for the 2020-2021 period! Dr. Zhao and his team will engage in a collaborative effort between the OSU Eye and Ear Institute, Nationwide Children's Hospital, and the OSU CDME for the development and small scale manufacturing of a non-invasive nasal aid for the nasal obstruction relief for the purpose of clinical testing.The project will be funded with a $148,823,32 grant over the period of one year.

2020 ARS Meeting at COSM  

Congratulations to Barak, Zhenxing, and Jenn for their abstract oral presentation acceptance at COSM 2020. Dr. Zhao and his team will be traveling to Atlanta in April over a 2-day conference. 

For more information on the meeting, please see link


Turning University Research into Commercial Products


I-Corps@Ohio, an initiative of the Ohio Department of Higher Education, is a statewide program that helps faculty and graduate students from Ohio universities and colleges determine the market potential of their technologies and assists with the launch of startup companies.

“Our goal is to change the mindset of university researchers and students so that they begin to see the value of their research in terms of commercial opportunities,” said Norman Chagnon, program director of I-Corps@Ohio.

“For the people of Ohio, this can translate into growth and economic development all across the state.”

Participants from Ohio State agreed that the program did indeed change their mindset.

“Going through the I-Corps process forced us to think about a lot of issues that we don’t normally think about as researchers,” said Kai Zhao, associate professor of otolaryngology and principal investigator for the “Breathe Better” team working on the nasal aid.

The aid helps redirect airflow in the nose, which improves breathing sensation for some people with nasal airway problems.

For more information, please see link