Perspective on chemistry and biology

Published on March 8, 2013

Prof. Sarah O’Connor talks about chemical biology, alkaloid biosynthesis, and her career path. The questions were prepared and asked by Prof. Dirk Trauner.

Sarah O'Connor | John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK

Sarah O’Connor performed her graduate work on protein glycosylation with Professor Barbara Imperiali at both the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, MA. She received her PhD from MIT in 2001. She was an Irving Sigal post-doctoral fellow in the laboratory of Professor Chris Walsh at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA from 2001-2003, where she studied the biosynthesis of microbe-derived natural products. After her post-doctoral work, she became assistant and then associate professor of Chemistry at MIT. In 2011 she moved her research group to the John Innes Centre in Norwich, UK where she is a Project Leader in the Department of Biological Chemistry. She is also a Professor of Chemistry at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK.

Dirk Trauner currently resides as a Professor for Chemical Biology and Genetics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, Germany. His research interests range from organic synthesis and natural products, to chemical neurobiology and optochemical genetics.

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