The Genetics of Hearing

Biomedical/Life Sciences

Prof. Karen B. Avraham
Tel Aviv University

Research into the genetics of hearing has increased the understanding of how our sense of hearing works at the molecular and genetic level. Among other accomplishments, the researcher identified key genes that are involved in the auditory system, investigated the importance of normal development of hearing and learned how hereditary deafness derives from disruptions in the sequence and functioning of genes. Her findings are the foundation for developing new treatments to counteract genetic deafness and new ways to prevent it.