Ronit Abir completed her Ph.D. studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel on recurrent abortions in women. Following completion of her Ph.D., Dr. Abir spent a Postdoctoral Fellowship of three years at the Hammersmith Hospital in London. During her Postdoctoral Fellowship, she specialized in human follicular culture and cryopreservation of human ovaries. Since 1997, she has headed the laboratory settings of the Fertility Preservation Program at the Rabin Medical Center. This Fertility Preservation Program includes both girls and young women. She is also a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Cellular and Developmental Biology of Tel Aviv University. She is a peer-reviewer of many journals and an Associate Editor of Human Reproduction (from January 2012). She has received several research grants for studies on culture of human primordial follicles, effects of growth factors on human primordial follicles, cryopreservation of human ovarian tissue, and methods to improve the outcome of transplantation of human ovaries. She has published numerous papers on these topics and also on human fetal ovaries and also contributed several chapters in books dealing with either growth factors and fertility preservation and restoration. Her main interests include developing culturing systems for human primordial follicles, growth factors involved in activation of human primordial follicles, optimizing the culture medium for human primordial follicles, improvement in cryopreservation techniques for human ovaries, and improving the success of fertility restoration via human ovarian grafting. She is also interested in mechanisms that promote oogenesis, follicular assembly, and folliculogenesis in the human fetal ovary.
Biography Updated on 1 December 2011