Early Research and Clinical Development trainee in Ophthalmology,  Genentech Inc. September 2022 - September 2024

Postdoctoral Research Associate Vinberg Lab University of Utah 2017 - 2022

Project focused on determining the effects of retinal degenerations on the function of retinal neurons

Postdoctoral Associate Hoffman Lab Yale University 2016- 2017

Characterizing neuronal circuit defects in larval zebrafish with mutations in high confidence Autism Spectrum Disorder genes:


PhD in Developmental Neurobiology, King’s College London 2016

MSc Neuroscience in Developmental Neurobiology (Distinction), King’s College London 2010

BSc Biomedical Sciences (Hons) (2:1) Queen Mary, University of London 2009



Scientific Presentations:

Invited Talks: 

What the (postmortem) eye tells the researcher” Philadelphia Symposium for Postdoctoral Initiatives in Neuroscience Excellence (2021), 

“Restoration of Light-evoked Electrical Signals in the Postmortem Mouse and Human Retina” ARVO Annual meeting (2020),

“Analysis of effects of post-mortem delay on human and mouse retinal function”  ARVO Annual meeting (2019).  


Retinal Degeneration meeting (2021), 

FASEB Biology and Chemistry of Vision (2019, Outstanding Poster Presentation award), 

Society for Neuroscience (2015), 

HHMI Signal Transforms in the Early Visual System (2014).

Professional Memberships:

Society for Neuroscience, 

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, 

International Society for Eye Research, 

Society for Arab Neuroscientists (Secretary as of 2022)



1. Abbas F, Becker S, Jones BW, Mure LS, Panda S, Hanneken A, Vinberg F, Revival of light signaling in the postmortem mouse and human retina, Nature. 2022 Jun;606(7913):351-357. doi: 10.1038/s41586-022-04709-x. 

2. Bisbach, C.M., Hutto, R.A., Poria, D., Cleghorn, W.M., Abbas, F., Vinberg, F., Kefalov, V.J., Hurley, J.B., Brockerhoff, S.E. (2020) Mitochondrial Calcium Uniporter (MCU) deficiency reveals an alternate path for Ca2+ uptake in photoreceptor mitochondria. Sci Rep 10, 16041.

3. Hutto, R.A., Bisbach, C.M., Abbas, F., Brock, D.C., Cleghorn, W.M., Parker, E.D., Bauer, B.H., Ge, W., Vinberg, F., Hurley, J.B., Brockerhoff, S.E. (2019). Increasing Ca2+ in photoreceptor mitochondria alters metabolites, accelerates photoresponse recovery, and reveals adaptations to mitochondrial stress. Cell Death Differ.

4. Abbas, F., Triplett, M. A., Goodhill, G. J., & Meyer, M. P. (2017). A Three-Layer Network Model of Direction Selective Circuits in the Optic Tectum. Frontiers in Neural Circuits, 11, 88. 

5. Antinucci, P., Abbas, F. & Hunter, P. R. Orientation Selectivity in the Retina: ON Cell Types and Mechanisms. J. Neurosci. 36, 8064–6 (2016).

6. Abbas, F. & Meyer, M. P. Fish Vision: Size Selectivity in the Zebrafish Retinotectal Pathway. Curr. Biol. 24, R1048–R1050 (2014).

6. Nikolaou, N., Lowe, A. S., Walker, A. S., Abbas, F., Hunter, P. R., Thompson, I. D., & Meyer, M. P. (2012). Parametric functional maps of visual inputs to the tectum. Neuron, 76(2), 317–24. doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2012.08.040