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Rama Panford-Walsh

Rama Panford-Walsh

Summer Law Student

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  • University of Ottawa, J.D. (2019)
  • Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, PhD
  • University of Alberta, B.Sc. (Hon)
English, French, German

Rama has completed her second year of the J.D. program at the University of Ottawa. Prior to starting law school, Rama obtained her doctorate in biology from the University of Tübingen in Germany and worked as a Product Development Scientist with DNA Genotek in Ottawa, Canada.  Over the course of her scientific career, Rama pursued academic and industry research in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology and Neuroscience, contributing to numerous peer-reviewed publications.

While at Osler, Rama will be working with our Intellectual Property group in Ottawa.

Dean’s Honour List, University of Ottawa, 2017

  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC; member)
  • Black Law Students’ Association Canada (BLSAC; member)
  • The Law School Show (Podcast Host and Co-manager)

  • Singer W, Geisler HS, Panford-Walsh R, Knipper M. “Detection of Excitatory and Inhibitory Synapses in the Auditory System Using Fluorescence Immunohistochemistry and High-Resolution Fluorescence Microscopy” (2016) Methods Mol Biol, 427
  • Chumak T, Rüttiger L, Lee SC, Campanelli D, Zuccotti A, Singer W, Popelář J, Gutsche K, Geisler HS, Schraven SP, Jaumann M, Panford-Walsh R, Hu J, Schimmang T, Zimmermann U, Syka J, Knipper M.  “BDNF in Lower Brain Parts Modifies Auditory Fiber Activity to Gain Fidelity but Increases the Risk for Generation of Central Noise After Injury” (2016) Mol Neurobiol, 53(8)
  • Singer W, Panford-Walsh R, Knipper M. “The function of BDNF in the adult auditory system” (2014) Neuropharmacology, 76 Pt C
  • Rüttiger L, Singer W, Panford-Walsh R, Matsumoto M, Lee SC, Zuccotti A, Zimmermann U, Jaumann M, Rohbock K, Xiong H, Knipper M.  “The reduced cochlear output and the failure to adapt the central auditory response causes tinnitus in noise exposed rats” (2013) PLoS One. 8(3)
  • Panford-Walsh R, Singer W, Rüttiger L, Hadjab S, Tan J, Geisler HS, Zimmermann U, Köpschall I, Rohbock K, Vieljans A, Oestreicher E, Knipper M. “Midazolam reverses salicylate-induced changes in brain-derived neurotrophic factor and arg3.1 expression: implications for tinnitus perception and auditory plasticity (2008) Mol Pharmacol. 74(3)
  • Rüttiger L, Panford-Walsh R, Schimmang T, Tan J, Zimmermann U, Rohbock K, Köpschall I, Limberger A, Müller M, Fraenzer JT, Cimerman J, Knipper M.  “BDNF mRNA expression and protein localization are changed in age-related hearing loss” (2007) Neurobiol Aging. 28(4)