Leila S. Jabbour

Assistant Professor, Health Sciences Program Coordinator

Leila Jabbour Bio Photo

BS, Biochemistry, Université Pierre & Marie Curie, Paris 6, France, cum laude

MS, Cellular Biology, Université Pierre & Marie Curie, Paris 6, France, cum laude

Ph.D.,  Cell and Molecular Biology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

Phone: (603) 899-1162

Courses Taught
  • Anatomy & Physiology 1 (4 credits)
  • Anatomy & Physiology 2 (4 credits)
  • Senior Seminar  (3 credits)
  • Microbiology  (4 credits)
  • Introduction to Microbiology  (3 credits)
  • Human Biology  (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Biology (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Biology for Health Technologies (4 credits)
  • Introduction to Human Health & Disease (on-line course) (3 credits)
Research Interests & Expertise Areas

Our laboratory is investigating the effects of opioids on the human brain.  One of our current projects is focused on mapping expression of ΔFosB in post-mortem human brain specimens obtained following opioid overdoses.  Our long term goal is to better understand addiction resulting from the abuse of opioids, by analyzing differential gene expression in the specimens we have on hand . Our research is funded by NH-INBRE of the National Institutes of Health.

Honors & Awards

2015: Faculty Award - Student Government Association, Franklin Pierce University, Rindge, NH

2013: Certificate of Appreciation - Veterans Affairs Office, Lakeland Community College, Kirtland, Ohio

2013: Nomination for Excellence in Teaching Award - Lakeland Community College, Kirtland, Ohio

Post-doctoral Fellowship, National Institute of Health for Research on Aging, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

Full Doctoral Scholarship, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

Publications and Presentations


Courtney Caputo, Erin Wood, Leila Jabbour (2016) Impact of Fetal Alcohol Exposure on Body Systems: a Systematic Review, Birth Defects Research Part C: Embryo Today: Reviews 108, Issue 2, 174-180 DOI: 10.1002/bdrc.21129

Leila S. Jabbour (2014) An Autopsy Demonstration: A Unique Learning Opportunity, HAPS Educator 18, issue 4, 292-303

Leila S. Jabbour, Jean F. Welter, John Kollar and Thomas M. Hering (2003) Sequence, gene structure, and expression pattern of CTNNBL1, a minor-class intron-containing gene - evidence for a role in apoptosis Genomics 81, 292-303 DOI: 10.1016/S0888-7543 (02) 00038-1


Leila Jabbour, Francesca Cartee, Morgan Caisse, Katrina Haynes (2017) ΔFosB expression in human postmortem brain tissue from opioid overdoses, 47th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neurosciences, Washington, D.C.

Professional Memberships

  • The Society for Neuroscience (SfN)
  • Journal of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine (Editorial Board Member)

Conferences Attended

  • Society for Neurosciences Annual Conference, Washington, D.C. (2017)
  • Society for Neurosciences Annual Conference, San Diego, CA (2016)
  • Annual NH-INBRE conference, Bretton Woods, NH (2017 and 2016)
  • Neuroanatomical Dissection Course, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI (2016)   (21 credits earned towards continuing education)
  • Affective Neuroscience Symposium, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH (2016)
  • International Conference on Opioids, Boston, MA (2016)


Grants Received

  • Our laboratory is funded by the Institutional Development Award (IDeA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health - grant number P20GM103506NH - NH-INBRE of the NIH


Academic and Institutional Service:

  • Health Sciences Advisory Committee Chair
  • NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) Self-Study Co-Chair
  • Institutional Review Board (IRB) Member

Community Service:

  • Invited Speaker for Career Day: “What is it like to be a scientist?” – SAU47 (2017 and 2016)
  • Invited Speaker “The Opiate Epidemic” – Stevens Memorial Library, Ashburnham, MA (2017)
  • Invited Speaker – “Opioids and the Brain” – Conant High School, Jaffrey, NH (2016)
  • Invited Panelist – “The Life of an Opiate Addict”.  Film viewing and panel discussion at Franklin Pierce University - open to students and the community at large. (2016)