Undergraduate student (UVa alumna)
Sarah was a BioLEd undergraduate student and researcher who worked on characterizing the function of the protein 10640157 from the thermophilic bacterium Thermoplasma acidophilum. Based on the protein’s structure, it was putatively identified as a ribokinase. However, her research has shown that there is no evidence to support ribokinase activity. Instead, the protein 10640157 appears to use adenosine as substrate rather than ribose. She went on to investigate additional substrates and optimize the solution conditions to quantify the kinetic parameters for 10640157 activity. After BioLEd, Sarah began PhD studies in biochemistry at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.