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Staff member Chrissy Cabay stands, smiling, in Shedd's Oceanarium

Chrissy Cabay

Director of Scientific Advancement

Chrissy Cabay oversees Shedd’s Microbiome Project, an aquatic ecology laboratory dedicated to researching the impact of the microbiome on animal health.


M.S., biology, Stanford University
B.S., biology, Northwestern University.

As director of scientific advancement, Chrissy Cabay oversees development of a research program dedicated to understanding the impact of the environmental microbiome on aquatic animal health. In addition to managing the research team she is responsible for recruiting support and building partnerships with stakeholders including universities, regulatory agencies and institutional peers.

Cabay’s diverse background includes marketing and project management experience in the for-profit sector as well as leadership roles in education, marketing and development while at Shedd. Trained as a molecular biologist, she has authored several research papers in the fields of biochemistry and genomics. Cabay holds a master’s degree in biology with a concentration in neurobiology and physiology from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Northwestern University.