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.