Sarah McFann is pursuing a PhD in chemical and biological engineering at Princeton University. In 2016, Sarah received her BS in chemical engineering with minors in chemistry, biology, and computer-based research from the University of Alabama. Her primary research interest is the development of a whole embryo model of cell signaling in Drosophila melanogaster. As an undergraduate, Sarah developed computational cellular models to aid in the optimization of bacterial cells for biobutanol production and designed and built an automated iPad-based microscope and app to inexpensively and effectively track tissue development. She believes that the development and application of mathematical models and computational resolution techniques to data generated by developing organisms, both normal and diseased, will help elucidate mechanisms of cancer and developmental disease progression.
Through experiences conducting research in Japan and completing her capstone experimental design course at the Vienna University of Technology in Austria, Sarah has discovered a penchant for traveling and exchanging ideas with people from diverse cultures. In her free time, as a formerly trained classical ballerina and an avid lover of the arts, Sarah enjoys choreographing and writing. Through tutoring and outreach, she inspires those underrepresented in STEM-related careers to pursue science and engineering. Sarah is from Arlington, Tennessee.