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Dr. Marcia Abbott

Assistant Professor
Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences; Health Sciences
School of Pharmacy
Schmid College of Science and Technology; Chemistry
Expertise: Molecular Regulators; Obesity; Metabolic Disorders; Exercise; Myokines; Brown Adipose Tissue
Office Location: Crean Hall 136
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 11:30am-2:30pm
Phone: (714) 516-6157
Scholarly Works:
Digital Commons
Ohio University, Bachelor of Science
Miami University, Master of Science
University of Southern California, Ph.D.


Dr. Marcia Abbott completed her doctoral work at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, CA in the Integrative and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Program.  Dr Abbott’s research focused on the role of exercise and skeletal muscle contraction on fatty acid metabolism.  Following graduation Dr Abbott joined the Sul Lab at the University of California (UC), Berkeley in the Department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology, as a post doctoral fellow.  While at UC Berkeley, she carried out studies aimed at examining to role of lipases in regulation of obesity and insulin secretion.  Following her time as at UC Berkeley, Dr Abbott accepted a position as a Research Scholar in the Endocrine Research Unit, VA Medical Center, UC San Francisco.  Her work at UCSF focused on the examination of potential regulators of mesenchymal stem cell commitment towards adipocyte lineages.  In 2013, she joined the faculty in the Department of Kinesiology at San Francisco State University.

In 2014, Dr Abbott joined Chapman University in the Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences as an Assistant Professor.  She is pursuing studies aimed at examining the role of skeletal muscle and its relation to obesity.  Overall, Dr Abbott hopes to contribute to the growing body of research aimed at preventing and/or treating obesity.


  • BIOL/HESC 366
  • HESC 350/350L

Research Interests:

  • Molecular regulators of obesity and related metabolic disorders
  • Understanding the role of exercise in regulating secretion of hormones originating in the skeletal muscle (myokines)
  • Discovering novel activators of brown adipose tissue


  • American Physiological Society
  • The Obesity Society
  • The American College of Sports Medicine

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Wang L, Roth T, Abbott MJ, Ho L, Wattanachanya L, and Nissenson RA. Osteoblast-derived FGG9 regulates skeletal homeostasis. Bone, 98:18-35, 2017.
Thornton SM*, Krolopp JE*, and Abbott MJ. IL-15 mediates mitochondrial activity through a PPARd-dependent-PPARa-independent mechanism in skeletal muscle cells. PPAR Research, 2016. *Chapman University students