Sarah Seaton, Ph.D.
A native of North Carolina, Sarah received BS degrees in Biology and Chemistry from High Point University, and then completed a doctoral degree in Microbiology at the University of Georgia, under the direction of Dr. Ellen Neidle. Sarah then moved to Tufts University School of Medicine and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Stuart Levy, exploring projects aimed at understanding how bacteria-bacteria interactions in the rhizosphere promote plant health and productivity.
After two years as an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina Asheville, where she explored research topics ranging from analysis of microbial communities associated with carnivorous pitcher plants to antibiotic production by soil bacteria, Sarah returned to Boston as a Research Associate in the Devlin Laboratory. Her ongoing work analyzes how and why bacteria in the gut synthesize and transform small molecules, and how these bacteria ultimately influence the host.
Away from the lab bench, Sarah is an avid seamstress and college football fan. She enjoys exploring New England with her husband and spoiling their dog, Layla.