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Sara Hanson

Assistant Professor

As an evolutionary geneticist, I am interested in how environmental signals shape developmental responses.  My work focuses on Saccharomycotina, a group of yeast species related to the baker's yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae.  Within this group are human pathogens and industrially important species that display a great amount of diversity in the sexual processes and morphological changes initiated by environmental cues.  I use classical genetics and genomics methods to examine how the mechanisms and regulatory networks underlying these processes have evolved.

Activities & Interests

When I am not in the lab or the classroom, you will probably find me on a hiking trail, sampling a craft beer, or working on my latest knitting project.

Regular Classes

MB131  Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology

MB201  Laboratory in Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics

MB301  Bioinformatics and Genomics

Education

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Conway Institute, University College Dublin, 07/2013-05/2016

    Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Program in Genetics, University of Iowa City, IA, 09/2007-05/2013

    B.S., Biology, B.A., Chemistry, Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, IA, 09/2003-05/2007

    National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates, Microbiology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 05/2006-08/2006

    National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates, Microbiology, University of Iowa, 05/2005-07/2005