Bio

Bio


Dr. Julia Abitbol received her B.Sc with Honour's specialization in Biology and Medical Cell Biology at the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada. She then received her PhD in Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Western Ontario. During her PhD she studied the role of large-pore channel proteins, connexins and pannexins, in the auditory system.

Honors & Awards


  • Suzanne M. Bernier publication Award 2019, The University of Western Ontario (06/2019)
  • Marine Biology Laboratory Travel Award to attend "The Biology of the Inner Ear? workshop, Marine Biology Laboratory (05/2019)
  • Selected Cover Image for Journal of Molecular Medicine, May cover, Journal of Molecular Medicine (05/2019)
  • Feature Platform Presentation Winner, London Health Research Day 2019, London Health Research Day Committee (04/2019)
  • Selected Cover Image Journal of Cell Science, Volume 131, Issue 9, Journal of Cell Science (05/2018)
  • First Author Interview Feature in the Journal of Cell Science, Journal of Cell Science (04/2018)
  • Best Poster Presentation Award, Anatomy and Cell Biology Research Day, Anatomy and Cell Biology Research Day Committee (10/2017)
  • Best Poster Presentation Award, International Gap Junction Meeting, International Gap Junction Meeting Committee (07/2017)
  • Travel Scholarship, International Gap Junction Meeting, International Gap Junction Meeting Organizing Committee (07/2017)
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) CGS Doctoral Scholarship, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (09/2017-11/2019)
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (Declined), The University of Western Ontario (09/2017-08/2018)
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, The University of Western Ontario (09/2016-04/2017)
  • JAX Lab Mouse Research Travel Scholarship, JAX Lab, Bar Harbour, Maine (09/2016)
  • Anatomy and Cell Biology Travel Award, The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, The University of Western Ontario (04/2016)
  • Western Graduate Research Scholarship, The University of Western Ontario (09/2014-08/2019)

Professional Education


  • Bachelor of Science, The University of Western Ontario, Honors Specialization in Biology and Medical Cell Biology (2014)
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Western Ontario, Anatomy and Cell Biology (2019)

Stanford Advisors


Research & Scholarship

Current Research and Scholarly Interests


Hearing loss is one of the most common sensory deficits and is permanent. We have known for quite some time that avian species retain the ability to spontaneously regenerate hair cells when they are damaged, however, this does not occur in the adult mammalian cochlea. My research interests are to enhance the proliferative regeneration capacity of the mammalian cochlea by findings genes that may up-regulate this process. Further, my goal is to track the dynamics of proliferating cochlear cells after damage in the cochlear. The ultimate goal is to identify genes that may enhance spontaneous regeneration of cochlear cells upon damage to treat patients with hearing loss.

Publications

All Publications


  • GJB2 mutations linked to hearing loss exhibit differential trafficking and functional defects as revealed in cochlear-relevant cells Frontiers in Cell and Development Biology Beach, R., Abitbol, J. M., Allman, B. L., Esseltine, J. L., Shao, Q., Laird, D. W. 2020; 8 (215)

    View details for DOI 10.3389/fcell.2020.00215

  • Cisplatin-induced ototoxicity occurs independent of gap junctional intercellular communication, in press Cell Death and Differentiation Abitbol, J. M., Beach, R., Esseltine, J. L., Barr, K., Allman, B. L., Laird, D. W. 2020
  • The connexin 30 A88V mutant reduces cochlear gap junction expression and confers long-term protection against hearing loss The Journal of Cell Science Kelly, J. J., Abitbol, J. M., Hulme, S., Pree, E. R., Laird, D. W., Allman, B. L. 2019; 132 (2)

    View details for DOI 10.1242/jcs.224097

  • Double deletion of Panx1 and Panx3 affects skin and bone but not hearing Journal of Molecular Medicine Abitbol, J. M., O'Donnell, B. L., Wakefield, B. C., Jewel, E., Kelly, J. J., Barr, K. J., Willmore, K. E., Penuela, S. 2019; 97 (5): 723-736
  • Mice harbouring an oculodentodigital dysplasia-linked Cx43 G60S mutation have severe hearing loss. The Journal of Cell Science Abitbol, J. M., Kelly, J. J., Barr, K. J., Allman, B. L., Laird, D. W. 2018; 131

    View details for DOI 10.1242/jcs.214635

  • Differential effects of pannexins on noise-induced hearing loss Biochemical Journal Abitbol, J. M., Kelly, J. J., Barr, K., Schormans, A. L., Laird, D. W., Allman, B. L. 2016; 473 (24): 4665-4680

    View details for DOI 10.1042/BCJ20160668

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