Sarah Burgdorf, MD, PhD
Infectious Diseases Fellow

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Sarah was born in California, but grew up in Yorktown, Virginia. She earned her B.A. at Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, PA where she majored in French studies and chemistry. Her research focused on development of a novel synthesis scheme and analysis of the physical properties of phenacenes, which are polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. She then spent 2 years working as a post-baccalaureate intramural research fellow at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease in Bethesda, MD where she studied the mechanisms by which the SARS coronavirus induces cell death. She then attended the medical scientist training program at UC - San Diego where she earned her Ph.D. in biomedical sciences in the laboratory of Deborah Spector. She studied the human cytomegalovirus immediate early-2 (IE2) protein. Her work disputed previous claims that the IE2 protein was directly involved in the ability of cytomegalovirus to halt the cell cycle and also identified several novel viral proteins previously unknown to be regulated by IE2. Following completion of her M.D., she joined the physician scientist training program at UC - San Diego where she completed her internal medicine residency in 2016 and is currently an infectious disease fellow.

She joined the Nizet lab for the research component  of her fellowship and her current work focuses on the interplay between bacterial infection, antibiotic selection, and innate immunity.