Dr. Allison Abbott
Department of Biological Sciences
Dr. Abbott is a biologist who specializes in the area of developmental genetics. The work in her research lab uses the nematode worm, C. elegans, to identify functions for small non-coding RNA's called microRNAs, many of which are conserved in humans. These simple organisms are easy and fun to work with, allowing undergraduates to be actively engaged in research projects in her lab.
Dr. Abbott grew up in New Hampshire, married a California native, and has ended up in the Midwest, happily living in Milwaukee with her husband, two kids, and their dog, Gus. Dr. Abbott has been an avid runner since childhood and is looking forward to competing in the 33rd annual Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon for the first time this fall.