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Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Abigail S. Hackam, Ph.D.

General Information

Abigail S. Hackam, Ph.D.


  • English

Academic Title

  • Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
  • Graduate faculty in Neuroscience, Human Genetics and Genomics, and Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology

Research Interests

The research in Dr. Hackam’s laboratory encompasses the fields of genetics, inflammation and ophthalmology. Our focus is on understanding signaling mechanisms that contribute to retinal degeneration and tumorigenesis, through the use of cellular, molecular and bioinformatics analyses.

Specific projects:

1. Identification of photoreceptor protection proteins: The role of Wnt signaling pathway in retinal degeneration.

2. Investigating the role of toll-like receptors in retinal degeneration.

3. Identification of signaling pathways that regulate optic nerve regeneration.

4. Mechanisms of tumorigenesis and cancer stem cell proliferation in ocular cancer.

5. Drug discovery for vision diseases.

Read more about Abigail Hackam's research projects


Developmental Biology B.Sc. (Honours)
University of Windsor

Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Human Genetics Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

University of British Columbia

Vancouver, BC, Canada

Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD