Abby grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia before attending UNC-Chapel Hill for college. There she majored in Chemistry with minors in Mathematics and Biology and pursued bioorganic chemistry research in the lab of Marcey Waters developing ligands for RNA and DNA structures. She pursued her PhD as a student in the chemical biology program at UC Berkeley in the lab of Matthew Francis. During graduate school she developed a combinatorial screening platform for identifying peptoid ligands with the ability to selectively bind metal ions of interest in various applications.
Abby is currently working towards developing polymeric materials with unique architectures and both biological and materials applications.