Sara D.


Sara has roots in two places: she is from Knoxville, TN, but was born in Albany, NY.  She considers herself a true New Yorker, though doesn’t hold strong opinions on pizza (perhaps that’s the Knoxville in her).  She attended Boston College, where she graduated magna cum laude with a BS in chemistry and communications. There, she worked in the lab of Jianmin Gao, working on peptide chemistry, and did a summer stint in the lab of Patrick Harran at UCLA.  Bitten by the research bug, she is currently a PhD candidate at Princeton University, working towards a PhD in chemical biology in the lab of Tom Muir. Her thesis project involves using protein chemistry to interrogate the mechanism of a chromatin-modifying enzyme.

Sara deeply enjoys sharing her love of the subject with her students.  She was previously head TA for general chemistry at Princeton, working with freshman and sophomores, for which she won the Pickering Teaching Award in 2017. Given her research background in synthetic organic and peptide chemistry, Sara has expertise in chemistry, biochemistry, and biology.  

Outside of the lab and her studies, Sara enjoys running, jigsaw puzzling, and cooking. 


Education & Qualifications
  • Princeton University, PhD candidate in Chemistry
  • Princeton University, MA in Chemistry
  • Boston College, BS in Chemistry and Communications
  • Biology
  • Chemistry