Mary Kathryn Abel, AB graduated from Harvard University in 2014 with a primary concentration in Neurobiology, a secondary concentration in Music, and a certificate in Mind, Brain, and Behavior. At Harvard, she worked as a research assistant at the Music and Neuroimaging Laboratory at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center under the guidance of Psyche Loui, PhD and Gottfried Schlaug, MD, PhD. She completed her honors thesis entitled "Multimodal Neuroimaging and Behavioral Studies on Auditory-Motor Deficiencies and Compensatory Mechanisms." Prior to starting medical school, she worked as a medical assistant and medication advocate at the San Francisco Free Clinic, a clinic that provides free, accessible medical care to those without insurance.
At UCSF, Mary Kathryn has explored her interest in women's health and has performed research in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and General Surgery. Most recently, she was awarded a research grant through the UCSF Yearlong Inquiry Program and received funding through the CTSI TL1 grant. She will work with Rita Mukhtar, MD to study imaging challenges in invasive lobular carcinoma of the breast.