B.S., 2004, Biotechnology, Pennsylvania State University
Ph.D., 2008, Food Science and Technology, Cornell University
Sara worked in the lab from 2004 to 2008, defining the virulence contributions of select lineage-specific internalin genes in Listeria monocytogenes. This project used genetic engineering and animal and plant tissue culture techniques to assess L. monocytogenes' virulence potential in a range of hosts. Sara's dissertation was entitled: "Attachment of Listeria monocytogenes to plant surfaces and host cells and its survival in host and non-host environments". View key publications from Sara's time in the lab.
Sara is now an Instructor and Student Services Coordinator at Pennsylvania State University