Kobe Abney



Kobe Abney was born in Annapolis but currently lives in Baltimore. She is a first generation undergraduate and PhD student. She chose Spelman because she felt like it was the only space where she could safely grow into her black womanhood. In highschool, she pictured being surrounded by black excellence and the outstanding legacy of Spelman Women. While she has always enjoyed science, it was not until Spelman that she could see the different career paths science had to offer. She's pursuing a biomedical PhD to address the racial health disparities that disproportionally affect the black community, specifically, black women. She is working to advocate for her community in spaces that lack sorely needed representation, like the biomedical sciences. Following graduation, she will pursue a Ph.D. in Pharmacology then plans to work as a research scientist for a pharmaceutical company. Her long term goal is to start a biotechnology company that uses nanoparticle therapeutics to treat those health disparities that affect the black community and women. She counts conducting research at the University of Pennsylvania studying preterm birth in black women and being accepted early admissions into the University of Pennsylvania on a fully funded scholarship as some of her proudest achievements.


Riversville Scholar - Scholarship to help support highly promising minority studentsAnnapolis Trust ScholarUNCF Billye Suber Aaron Legacy

Professional/Academic Programs

RISE (Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement) Program

Internships + Offers

Johns Hopkins Summer Internship Program

University of Pennsylvania Summer Undergraduate Internship Program


Organic Chemistry Research at Spelman College

Pharmacology Research at Johns Hopkins

Microbiology Research at Morehouse School of Medicine

Women's Reproductive Health Research at the University of Pennsylvania

Independent Projects

Founded a makeup services business- self taught MUA (IG @kobeatz)

Academic Honors

Alpha Lambda Delta

Magna Cum Laude


Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) Poster and Oral Presenter


RISE Scholar

Graduate School Acceptances

University of Pennsylvania Pharmacology Ph.D. Program

UNC Biological & Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Program

Post-Graduation Plan

University of Pennsylvania Pharmacology Ph.D. Program


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