Phoebe Hayes to work with Abbott Lab during Honors Summer Apprenticeship

Congratulations to Phoebe Hayes, University of Wisconsin–Madison undergraduate student, who earned an Honors Summer Research Apprenticeship Grant from the College of Letters and Science to work in the lab of David Abbott, PhD, of the Division of Reproductive Sciences. Hayes will work with the lab’s ovary team to characterize and validate the androgenic capacity of rhesus macaque ovarian follicle theca cells cultures from monkeys with and without naturally occurring, hyperandrogenic polycystic ovary syndrome.

Hayes shared a little bit about her background and what she is looking forward to during this summer’s research apprenticeship:

What is your major and what are your career goals?

I am a sophomore majoring in Neurobiology, and I am on the pre-med track.

What drew you to this lab and this research?

I have always found reproductive biology fascinating, and I have always been an advocate for the betterment of women's medicine and health. The prevalence and complexity of PCOS have made this research particularly interesting and being at the forefront of developing treatment has allowed my passion for this research to grow drastically.

What are you most looking forward to during this research apprenticeship?

This summer, I am most excited to devote significant time and effort to taking a deeper dive into the research field in general and hopefully further develop my existing love of medical and biological research. I am also very eager to directly contribute to the investigation of polycystic ovary syndrome, and potentially pursue research in my future career. I am extremely grateful for the opportunities I have already been given to explore research through Dr. Abbott's undergraduate lab, and I can't wait for the summer ahead.

Congratulations to Phoebe and the Abbott Lab!