Sarah brings several years of expertise in plant molecular genetics and biotechnology/genetic engineering and project management. She currently serves as program manager of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Crop Improvement, where she facilitates the project’s day-to-day operations and acts as the primary point person for the project partners in project administration, interacting with both participating scientists and their institutions' administrative staff. She ensures the project remains on target by overseeing the overall project management through monitoring and reporting of progress in the context of defined objectives, activities, targets, and outputs.
Prior to her current position, Sarah served as program administrator at Cornell’s Office of the Vice Provost for Research, Office for the Vice Provost for Academic Integration, and Praxis Center for Venture Development. She was also a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Prof. Tim Setter’s lab where she investigated the molecular genetic analysis of specific flowering genes in response to photoperiodic, temperature, and hormonal cues in cassava under the NextGen cassava project at CALS School of Integrative Plant Science, Soil and Crop Science Section.
She is a member of American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) and Plantae National Postdoctoral Association (NPA), the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS), and the National Association for Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Sarah was also a member and served on the advisory board of the Cornell BEST Program, now known as Careers Beyond Academia. She volunteers her spare time to support various efforts on campus and is also an avid reader who loves cooking and singing. Sarah is inspired by the potential impact her team’s work could have on millions of people around the globe, and, of course, by her two adorable daughters.
She holds a PhD in genetics from the University of Cologne, Germany and conducted the research leading up to her PhD at the renowned Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research.