Sarah Richardson

  • Program Years: 2007-2011
  • Academic Institution: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Field of Study: Human Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • Academic Advisor: Joel Bader
  • Practicum(s):
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2008)
  • Degree(s):
    Ph.D. Human Genetics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 2011
    B.S. Cell, Molecular Biology and Genetics, University of Maryland, College Park 2004

Current Status

  • Status: Cofounder, Microbyre
  • Research Area: Micro- and Molecular Biology
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Richardson SM, Wheelan SJ, Yarrington RM, and Boeke JD. GeneDesign: rapid, automated design of multikilobase synthetic genes. Genome Res. 2006 16, 550-6

Dymond J, Scheifele L, Richardson S, Lee P, Chandrasegaran S, Bader J, and Boeke JD. Teaching Synthetic Biology, Bioinformatics, and Engineering to Undergraduates: The Interdisciplinary Build-a-Genome Course. Genetics 2009 181, 13-21

Richardson SM, Olson BS, Dymond JS, Burns R, Chandrasegaran S, Boeke JD, Shehu A, and Bader JS. Automated Design of Assemblable, Modular, Synthetic Chromosomes.Parallel Processing and Applied Mathematics in Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2010, Volume 6068/2010, 280-289

Richardson SM, Nunley PW, Yarrington RM, Boeke JD, and Bader JS. GeneDesign 3.0 is an Updated Synthetic Biology Toolkit. Nucleic Acids Res 2010 38, 2603-2606

Lee PA, Dymond JS, Scheifele LZ, Richardson SM, Foelber KJ, Boeke JD, and Bader JS. CLONEQC: lightweight sequence verification for synthetic biology. Nucleic Acids Res 2010 38, 2617-2623

Dymond JS, Richardson SM, Coombes CE, Babatz T, Muller H, Annaluru N, Blake WJ, Schwerzmann JW, Dai J, Lindstrom DL, Boeke AC, Gottschling DE, Chandrasegaran S, Bader JS, and Boeke JD. Synthetic chromosome arms function in yeast and generate phenotypic diversity by design. Nature 2011 477, 471-476

Yarrington RM, Richardson SM, Huang CR, Boeke JD (2012) Novel transcript truncating-function of Rap1p revealed by synthetic codon-optimized Ty1 retrotransposon. Genetics 2012 190, 523-535

Richardson SM, Mitchell LA, Stracquadanio G, Yang K, Dymond JS, diCarlo J, Lee D, Huang V, Chandrasegaran S, Cai Y, Boeke JD, and Bader JS. Design of a synthetic yeast genome. Science 2017 355 1040-1044


The Turock Young Scientist Award, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2006

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Finalist, 2007

Nupur Dinesh Thekdi Award, 2012, Johns Hopkins University

Synthetic Biology Leadership Excellence Accelerator Program Fellow, 2015

L'Oréal For Women in Science Fellow, 2015