Sari is a first-year rotating PIBS graduate student who hails from Metro Detroit. In 2020, she graduated from University of Michigan earning a B.S. in Biochemistry with highest distinction. For her honors thesis, Sari performed site-directed mutagenesis on a bacterial P450 to characterize its substrate binding and selectivity. Throughout her undergraduate education she researched in academic, government and industry positions at Georgia Institute of Technology, Stanford National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC) and Bristol Myers Squibb, respectively. At BMS she developed immunological bioassays to measure the potency of a biologic drug to treat cancer.
Sari is interested in the intersection of translational science and host immunology, particularly immunotherapy for cancer, autoimmune diseases and bone marrow transplants. She will be rotating with Dr. Pavan Reddy and Dr. Costas Lyssiotis in the Fall of 2021.
2020 AbbVie Immunology Scholarship
2020 Honors Roger B. Vanko Memorial Award
2017 Outstanding Poster Award- Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program
2016 Disability Attorneys of Michigan Scholarship
Espinoza, R.V., Caddell Haatveit, Kersti, Grossman, S. Wald, Tan, Jin Yi, McGlade, Caylie A., Khatri, Yogan, Newmister, Sean A., Schmidt, Jennifer J., Garcia-Borràs, Marc, Montgomery, John, Houk, K. N., and Sherman, David H. Engineering P450 TamI as an Iterative Biocatalyst for Selective Late-Stage C–H Functionalization and Epoxidation of Tirandamycin Antibiotics. ACS Catalysis, 2021. 11(13): p. 8304-8316.
Hobbies and Extracurricular Activities
Sari is the graduate student advisor of the Crohn's and Colitis Student Initiative at UM. She enjoys good food, spending time with friends and family, yoga, and many outdoors activities such as camping, hiking and canoeing.