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Sarah K. Lucas

Sarah K. Lucas

Sarah K. Lucas

Pronouns: she/her
Assistant Professor


354 Life Sciences Complex
Office: 315.443.1465


Ph.D. in Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology (MICaB), University of Minnesota (2020)

B.S. Microbiology, Minor Biochemistry, Pennsylvania State University (2010)


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Biographic Overview

Sarah Lucas is a microbiologist interested in how microbial communities influence the world around us. She combines cutting-edge wet-lab and computational techniques to better understand how disruptions impact microbial community structure and function. Lucas applies this research to the pursuit of understanding the role of the human microbiome in diseases that manifest at musosal surfaces, from chronic infections to colon cancer. Current projects are focused on elucidating the role of bacteriophages – viruses that infect bacteria - in this context.

Research Interests

Microbial ecology, the human microbiome, bacteriophages, anaerobic microbiology, genomics, bioinformatics

Research Specializations

Experimental microbiology, metagenomics, genomics, bioinformatics

Honors and Awards

NIDCR/NIH (F31) Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA)