Saima Riazuddin received her Ph.D. degree in molecular biology and completed her postdoctoral training at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md, USA. She is currently serving as an Assistant Professor at the Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and the Department of Otolaryngology, College of Medicine, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Riazuddin is heading the laboratory of molecular genetics. Riazuddin’s laboratory is investigating the genetic factors associated with hearing impairment and understanding the precise mechanism of various forms of hearing dysfunction using human pedigrees, mutant mouse models, and zebrafish as tools. A complementary study in her lab focused on identifying the modifier genes that can preclude the effect of disease causing mutations and the mechanism, by which they confer resistance to pathogenic mutation. The long-term goal of this research is to contribute to a better understanding of the molecular mechanism of inherited hearing loss with the aim of discovering drugs or treatments to prevent this disease. Riazuddin’s research has been published in highly ranked scientific journals. Riazuddin is also the Principal Investigator of two NIH R01 Grants and multiple other national and international grants.
Biography Updated on 9 April 2012