Leila Jabbour

Leila S. Jabbour

Assistant Professor, Anatomy Course Director for FPU Physician Assistant Program in AZ


  • B.S., Cellular Biology, Biochemistry, Université Pierre & Marie Curie, Paris 6, France, cum laude
  • Ph.D., Anatomy/Cell and Molecular Biology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio



  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Introduction to Biology
  • Human Health & Disease
  • Endocrinology
  • Research Methods
  • Senior Seminar
  • Microbiology
  • Opioids and the Brain

Teaching Statement

Dr. Jabbour is dedicated to her students’ success. Her enthusiasm for the subject she teaches and her commitment to teaching a thorough course is well received by the students who have shown their appreciation for her dedication with great reviews along the years. Although her courses are rigorous as her expectations are high and she encourages critical thinking, she is also an empathetic professor that provides all means of learning to ensure her students achieve their desired goals.

“Perseverance is key to success. However, while you work hard towards achieving your goals, don’t forget to also pause from time to time, because life is precious. Make every moment count.”


  • Anatomy and Neuroscience
  • Dr. Jabbour’s research is focused on investigating the effects of opioids on the human brain. Her interest in drug use disorder begun when she volunteered for the Cleveland medical examiner. In collaboration with the New Hampshire medical examiner, Dr. Jabbour generated a unique brain specimen collection, from human brains collected at autopsy of opioid overdose. Her research is funded by the National Institutes of Health and was presented at the Society for Neuroscience annual conferences.


  • On the Editorial Board of Journal of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
  • Member of The Society for Neuroscience

  • Leila Jabbour, Annalea Wohlgemuth, Nekita Centolella (2018) ΔFosB: a major player in the hippocampus of human opioid overdose cases, 48th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, CA
  • 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 Neuroscience, Washington, D.C.

  • 2016 -2022 Supported by NH-INBRE (Institutional Development Award (IDeA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - grant number P20GM103506); Project: Opioids and the Brain

Academic and Institutional Service

  • 2021: Invited Trainer for NHADACA (New Hampshire Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association) – 3h training course titled “Effects of Opioids on the Brain: A Long-Lasting Grip”
  • 2021: Invited Speaker at New England College – Talk Title “Expression Pattern of dFosB in Post-Mortem Brain Tissue from Subjects with Opioid Use Disorder“
  • 2018: Invited Panelist on NASPA Live Briefing: “Responding to the Opioid Crisis as Higher Education Institutions”
  • 2017: Invited Speaker “The Opiate Epidemic” – Stevens Memorial Library, Ashburnham, MA

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)


  • 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
  • 2001-2003: Post-doctoral Fellowship, National Institute of Health for Research on Aging, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH


Renee Reid, Connor Sheehy, Leila Jabbour (2018) Risk Factors and Interventions Against Nosocomial Infections Across Multiple African Countries: A Systematic Review. CPQ Medicine, 2(2), 01-12

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