Abir obtained her PhD in Human and Molecular Genetics from the University of Ottawa and McGill University under the supervision of Dr. Mona Nemer. Her graduate work focused on the transcriptional regulation of the heart during development and disease, through studying the transcription factors Gata4, Tbx5 and Klf13. Abir started her postdoctoral studies at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School in December 2015 under supervision of Dr. Ibrahim Domian and transferred to Dr. Patrick Ellinor’s lab in September 2019. Her work is currently focused on understanding the role of Asb2, a member of the ubiquitin proteasome system, in heart development as well as in the adult heart under stress conditions. She received the MGH Fund for Medical Discovery Award for her work. Abir is also a business development consultant fellow at the Harvard Office of Technology Development helping to build commercializing reports for Harvard inventions. She is also on the boards of the Harvard Biotech and the Harvard Consulting Clubs. For fun, she enjoys running (or the feeling after), squash, travel, movies and is a tennis player wanna-be. Abir enjoys multicultural environments and has had the opportunity to live in Lebanon, Canada and the United States.
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