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Abigail (Abbie) Groff

PhD Institution: Harvard University Class: 2018 Fellow Postdoctoral institution and lab:

Page Lab, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, MIT

Specialism: Systems Biology

Abbie trained as a systems biologist during her PhD at Harvard, and her early work focused on characterizing a set of noncoding mammalian genes. She is now working as a Schmidt Science Fellow under David Page at the Whitehead Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, exploring the molecular differences between the sexes. Specifically, she is interested in the contribution of different sex chromosome complements to transcriptional events occurring in the very earliest stages of human embryonic development, before sex hormones begin to have an influence.

Abbie’s science has potentially huge implications first through clarifying the role of sex chromosome complement in this unique system, and second by updating our view of this very early stage of human development to include the context of chromosomal sex.

Abbie is passionate about the importance of communicating science and engaging with the public around their hopes, concerns, and aspirations with regard to the application and future of scientific progress. Having grown up in a religious community in rural Pennsylvania, she recognizes the power of genuine dialogue about the benefits and implications of technology.

Read Abbie’s personal exploration of communicating science and engaging diverse audiences – ‘Learning more about science communication and engagement’