Abbott is a 2017-2021 Self Graduate Fellow pursuing a Ph.D. in medicinal chemistry. He spent two years completing pre-pharmacy didactic work at the University of Kansas and graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy (2016) from the University of Kansas. A graduate research assistant in Dr. Thomas E. Prisinzano’s lab, Abbott’s research surrounds Salvinorin A, the psychoactive compound found in the natural plant product, Salvia Divinorum. Abbott’s research interest is in the design and synthesis of natural compounds, as well as central nervous system ligands with potential pharmacologic activity through investigation of the structure-activity relationships between compounds and the central nervous system. Additionally, Abbott has a particular interest in performing contemporary drug discovery research in pursuit of potential treatments for neurodegenerative disease such as Parkinson, Alzheimers, and Huntington disease.
Mentor: Thomas Prisinzano, Professor, Medicinal Chemistry