Dr. Sarah Bondos Laboratory
Entrance year: 2015
Hometown: Fort Worth, TX
“I work with Ultrabithorax (Ubx), a protein from the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster that binds DNA and regulates development in the fly. Ubx also self-assembles into biomaterials in gentle buffer conditions. My research is focused both on understanding how Ubx binds DNA in the fly, and in using the biomaterials to develop next-generation biomedical tools, such as biosensors and carriers for gene therapy.”
Medical Genetics- Human and Animal
Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Genetics
Why did you choose the Genetics PhD program at A&M?
After leaving Texas for my undergraduate degree, I wanted to come back for graduate school. A&M drew my attention because of the diverse research labs associated with the Genetics Program and its interdisciplinary nature. At the time I wasn’t quite sure what area of genetics I wanted to focus on, and I appreciated the opportunity to do rotations in different fields.
When and how did you realize that you wanted to study Genetics?
My AP biology class in high school had an extra credit assignment involving a book by Dr. Sharon Moalem entitled Survival of the Sickest: The Surprising Connection Between Disease and Longevity. As I read each chapter of the book, I could feel myself becoming more and more captivated by the science behind the story—by the interaction between human genetics, infectious disease, and the environment. This kickstarted my interest in genetics, and the classes I took in college only solidified it.
What would be your dream job after graduation from the program?
I want to work in the biotechnology industry. I’ve taken classes in entrepreneurship, and I think biotech startups are a great job to have after completing a PhD.
What is your favorite thing about life in College Station?
I like the size of the town. It’s big enough that you can usually find something to do, but is easier to get around in than a large city. I also like the location; it’s very easy to go visit some of the Texas cities, like Austin and Houston!
Do you have any pets? If so, please tell us about them.
I have an 9 year old beagle mix that is a glutton for food and has lots of energy! He helps me stay active by begging for walks every night.