Professional Vitae


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
   Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry, March 2009

Westminster College, New Wilmington PA

   B.S. in Chemistry, May 2002

Funded Grants

Kennedy, Sarah.  Modernization of VIS-NIR spectroscopy data collection in undergraduate laboratories, undergraduate research and service-learning. Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh College Equipment Grant.  May 2010.

Kennedy, Sarah.  Cloning of vinylphenol reductase by ligation-independent cloning. Westminster College Faculty Research Grant. October 2010.

Selected Publications and Presentations

Kennedy, S.A., Frazier, M.L., Steiniger, M., Mast, A.M., Marzluff, W.F., Redinbo, M.R. Crystal Structure of the HEAT Domain of the Pre-mRNA Processing Protein Symplekin.   Journal of Molecular Biology. (2009) 292, 115-128.

Guogas, L.M., Kennedy, S.A., Lee, J-H., Redinbo, M.R. A Novel Fold in the TraI Relaxase-Helicase C-Terminal Domain is Essential for Conjugative DNA Transfer. Journal of Molecular Biology. (2009) 386, 554-568.

“Careers as a Chemist: Insight into Industry, Graduate School, and Academia.” Seton Hill University, Greensburg, PA.  March 19, 2010.

Utilizing protein crystallography to understand cellular processes such as mRNA processing and bacterial conjugation."  Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA.  November 6, 2009.

“Structure and dynamics of Symplekin, a protein involved in mRNA processing.”  Becton Dickinson, San Jose, CA.  January 15, 2009.

Conferences Attended

Annual meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Liberal Arts Chemistry Teachers (MAALACT). November 2009 at Washington College and  November 2010 at Alvernia University.

Green Chemistry in Education Workshop. July 2010 at University of Oregon.  Sponsored by NSF Center for Workshops in Chemical Sciences.

NSF Regional Grants Conference.  March 2010 hosted by Case Western Reserve University. Sponsored by NSF Office of Budget, Finance & Award Management.