Sarah Winnicki

Sarah Winnicki is the Wet Lab Manager and Field Specialist for the Sabeti Lab. As Wet Lab Manager she oversees and assists with bench level experiments relating to nucleic acid handling and manipulation, viral genome sequencing and diagnostic development. As Field Specialist she coordinates and trains collaborating scientists in both West Africa and the US on diagnostic and sequencing techniques. 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 has also worked on the Massively Parallel Reporter Assay being developed to identify causal alleles driving positive selection signals and loci identified from genome wide association studies. 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 visiting the RI shoreline, on Long Island tasting wines or enjoying local food spots around Cambridge and Boston.


Ebola Virus Epidemiology, Transmission, and Evolution during Seven Months in Sierra Leone
Park DJ, Dudas G, Wohl S, Goba A, Whitmer SL, Andersen KG, Sealfon RS, Ladner JT, Kugelman JR, Matranga CB, Winnicki SM, Qu J, Gire SK, Gladden-Young A, Jalloh S, Nosamiefan D, Yozwiak NL, Moses LM, Jiang PP, Lin AE, Schaffner SF, Bird B, Towner J, Mamoh M, Gbakie M, Kanneh L, Kargbo D, Massally JL, Kamara FK, Konuwa E, Sellu J, Jalloh AA, Mustapha I, Foday M, Yillah M, Erickson BR, Sealy T, Blau D, Paddock C, Brault A, Amman B, Basile J, Bearden S, Belser J, Bergeron E, Campbell S, Chakrabarti A, Dodd K, Flint M, Gibbons A, Goodman C, Klena J, McMullan L, Morgan L, Russell B, Salzer J, Sanchez A, Wang D, Jungreis I, Tomkins-Tinch C, Kislyuk A, Lin MF, Chapman S, MacInnis B, Matthews A, Bochicchio J, Hensley LE, Kuhn JH, Nusbaum C, Schieffelin JS, Birren BW, Forget M, Nichol ST, Palacios GF, Ndiaye D, Happi C, Gevao SM, Vandi MA, Kargbo B, Holmes EC, Bedford T, Gnirke A, Ströher U, Rambaut A, Garry RF, Sabeti PC

Discovery Of Novel Rhabdoviruses In The Blood Of Healthy Individuals From West Africa
PLoS Negl Trop Dis 17;9(3):e0003631
Stremlau MH, Andersen KG, Folarin OA, Grove JN, Odia I, Ehiane PE, Omoniwa O, Omoregie O, Jiang PP, Yozwiak NL, Matranga CB, Yang X, Gire SK, Winnicki SM, Tariyal R, Schaffner SF, Okokhere PO, Okogbenin S, Akpede GO, Asogun DA, Agbonlahor DE, Walker PJ, Tesh RB, Levin JZ, Garry RF, Sabeti PC, Happi CT

Enhanced Methods For Unbiased Deep Sequencing Of Lassa And Ebola RNA Viruses In Clinical And Biological Samples
Genome Biol 15(11):519
Matranga CB, Andersen KG, Winnicki SM, Busby M, Gladden AD, Tewhey R, Stremlau M, Berlin A, Gire SK, England E, Moses LM, Mikkelsen TS, Odia I, Ehiane PE, Folarin O, Goba A, Kahn SH, Grant DS, Honko A, Hensley L, Happi C, Garry RF, Malboeuf CM, Birren BW, Gnirke A, Levin JZ, Sabeti PC

Clinical Illness And Outcomes In Patients With Ebola In Sierra Leone
N Engl J Med 371(22):2092-100
Schieffelin JS, Shaffer JG, Goba A, Gbakie M, Gire SK, Colubri A, Sealfon RSG, Kanneh L, Moigboi A, Momoh M, Fullah M, Moses LM, Brown BL, Andersen KG, Winnicki SM, Schaffner SF, Park DJ, Yozwiak NL, Jiang PP, Kargbo D, Jalloh S, Fonnie M, Sinnah V, French I, Kovoma A, Kamara FK, Tucker V, Konuwa E, Sellu J, Mustapha I, Foday M, Yillah M, Kanneh F, Saffa S, Massally JL, Boisen ML, Branco LM, Vandi MA, Grant DS, Happi C, Gevao SM, Fletcher TE, Fowler RA, Bausch DG, Sabeti PC, Khan SH, Garry RF for the KGH Lassa Fever Program, the Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Consortium and the WHO Clinical Response Team

Genomic surveillance elucidates Ebola virus origin and transmission during the 2014 outbreak
Science 345(6202):1369-72
Gire SK, Goba A, Andersen KG, Sealfon RS, Park DJ, Kanneh L, Jalloh S, Momoh M, Fullah M, Dudas G, Wohl S, Moses LM, Yozwiak NL, Winnicki SM, Matranga CB, Malboeuf CM, Qu J, Gladden AD, Schaffner SF, Yang X, Jiang PP, Nekoui M, Colubri A, Coomber MR, Fonnie M, Moigboi A, Gbakie M, Kamara FK, Tucker V, Konuwa E, Saffa S, Sellu J, Jalloh AA, Kovoma A, Koninga J, Mustapha I, Kargbo K, Foday M, Yillah M, Kanneh F, Robert W, Massally JL, Chapman SB, Bochicchio J, Murphy C, Nusbaum C, Young S, Birren BW, Grant DS, Scheiffelin JS, Lander ES, Happi C, Gevao SM, Gnirke A, Rambaut A, Garry RF, Khan SH, Sabeti PC.

Research capacity. Enabling the genomic revolution in Africa.
Science 344(6190):1346-8
H3Africa Consortium

Identifying Recent Adaptations In Large-Scale Genomic Data
Cell 152(4):703-713
Grossman SR*, Andersen KG*, Shlyakhter I*, Tabrizi S*, Winnicki SM, Yen A, Park DJ, Griesemer D, Karlsson EK, Wong SH, Cabili M, Adegbola RA, Bamezai RNK, Hill AVS, Vannberg FO, Rinn JL, 1000 Genomes Project, Lander ES, Schaffner SF, Sabeti PC