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.