“They excel in Medicine and Health Sciences” : Pr. Hela Azaiez

We feel deeply proud and are hugely honored to welcome second first panelist Professor Hela Azaiez in our webinar :

“They excel in Medicine and Health Sciences”

The fourth panel of : “On the Way to our Talents in North America” initiative
Thursday 09 March at 18:30 Tunisian Time = French Time

Hela Azaiez a Senior Scientist at the MORL. she received her Master of Science in Biological Engineering and my Ph.D. in Human Molecular Genetics at the University of Sfax in Tunisia conjointly with the University of Iowa. After completing a postdoc at the MORL,
she went back to my home country Tunisia as an Assistant Professor at the Pasteur Institute of Tunis where she focused on characterizing the genetic spectrum of orphan diseases in the Tunisian population.

she returned to Iowa City in 2012 where she is currently leading the Hearing research and diagnostics teams at MORL. As a molecular genetics and genomics enthusiast, she has sought to understand how small changes at the DNA level could have dramatic effects at the organism level and specifically affecting the auditory system.

Her research aims to understand the molecular mechanisms of hearing and deafness and to translate this knowledge into better clinical diagnostics and improved patient care. Her interdisciplinary research program is focused on the discovery of novel genes, genetic modifiers and non-coding regulatory elements involved in hereditary deafness as well as the investigation of genetic contributions to age- and noise-induced hearing loss.

she also oversees the development of next-generation sequencing pipelines and bioinformatic tools to improve identification, interpretation and clinical correlation of genomic variants. she is fortunate to collaborate with a diverse group of scientists worldwide both to advance basic research and establish frameworks and guidelines for clinical genetic testing for hearing loss.

They have made significant discoveries to better understand the causes and mechanisms of genetic deafness. The short term benefits this knowledge provides are being realized in clinical medicine, where the use of comprehensive genetic testing for deafness has revolutionized the field of Precision Medicine and the evaluation of the hearing-impaired person. In the long term, this knowledge will ultimately result in the development of novel treatment options for deafness.

This panel is organized by RECONNECTT in partnership with the e-magazine WMC – webmanagercenter.

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