Omar Akil

Omar Akil, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Saul and Ida Epstein Laboratory in the Department of
Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. He received his
doctoral degree in biochemistry and enzymology from the University of Casablanca Morocco. He moved
to Johns Hopkins where he started his research training, working on the mammalian cochlea and exploring
the basis of efferent neuronal transmission and outer hair cell function in the inner ear. In 2004, he moved
to the University of California San Francisco, where he began investigating hearing loss in mouse models of
human genetic and acquired forms of deafness. His recent work has focused specifically on the restoration
of hearing in mouse models of human genetic hearing loss using virally mediated gene therapy.