Abby Kane

Graduate Student Researcher

Abigail Kane (she/her/hers) grew up in Las Cruces, New Mexico and attended New Mexico State University for her undergraduate degree. Her first lab job was studying innate immunology in the context of Schistosomiasis under Dr. Maria Castillo. During undergrad, Abby also tutored, spent time with friends and family, and spent many weekends skiing. After graduating, she continued to work for Dr. Castillo as a lab tech and also did research involving social determinants of health with Dr. Mary Alice Scott, a medical anthropologist.

Abby is currently a PhD student at UC Berkeley and has joined the lab of Dr. Rachel Rutishauser at UCSF! She will be studying the regulation of virus-specific CD8 T cell differentiation in early human development with the hopes of making discoveries that will lead to better vaccines to protect against viral illnesses in infants. She hopes to develop not only her lab skills, but further her teaching skills as well during her time here!

When not in lab, Abby can be found at the gym, hanging out at home with her cats, or exploring new parts of Northern California with friends!