As part of the Sabeti Lab’s viral sequencing effort Sarah performs bench level experiments relating to nucleic acid handling and manipulation, viral genome sequencing and diagnostics development related to Lassa fever and Ebola. Sarah began in the lab executing functional follow-up studies on TLR5, a gene that the CMS method identified as being selected in the human genome (Grossman et al. 2010; Grossman et al. 2013). She is also the wet lab manager handling lab safety, procurement of wet lab supplies and equipment and the acting product manager for the lab’s sequencing projects.
Sarah obtained a B.S. in Aquaculture and Fisheries from the University of Rhode Island and a M.S. in Marine and Atmospheric Science from Stony Brook University. She completed her Master’s thesis on the interactions between the parasite, Perkinsus marinus, and its oyster host, Crassostrea virginica.
When not making sequencing libraries or extracting viruses, Sarah can be found travelling around the Northeast visiting friends, on Long Island tasting wines or enjoying local food spots around Cambridge.