Sarah M. Richardson was raised in Baltimore, MD. She received a B.S. in biology from the University of Maryland in 2004 and enrolled in the Human Genetics Ph.D. program at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2005. She was awarded a Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship in 2007. Her research at Johns Hopkins with Joel Bader and Jef Boeke focused on algorithms for the design of synthetic nucleotide sequences and the engineering of a synthetic yeast genome.
Sarah joined the DOE Joint Genome Institute in Walnut Creek, California in March 2012 as a Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow in Genomics to work on massive scale synthetic biology projects. She is currently working on improving JGI's host engineering capabilities and the application of novel genome editing technologies.