Faculty Promotion: Abigail Hackman
ABIGAIL S. HACKAM, PH.D., whose laboratory is located within Bascom Palmer’s Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Vision Research Center, has been promoted to Professor of Ophthalmology. The research in Hackam’s laboratory encompasses the fields of genetics and ophthalmology. Her focus is on understanding signaling mechanisms that contribute to retinal degeneration and optic nerve regrowth, through the use of cellular, molecular and bioinformatics analyses. She received a bachelor of science degree in biology from the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, followed by a doctor of philosophy degree in human genetics at the Johns Hopkins University. She then completed two post-doctoral fellowships: the first in medical genetics at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, and the second in ophthalmology at the Johns Hopkins University. She joined the Bascom Palmer faculty in 2003.