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STEM Ambassadors

The STEM Ambassador Program began in 2016 as a training program for a small cohort of University of Utah scientists. Since then, we have grown to work with over 170 graduate students, post-docs, faculty, staff, and undergraduate students. Scroll down to learn about the scientists who have participated. Contact us if you would like to reach out to a STEM Ambassador.

Note that many Ambassador bios were uploaded when the Ambassador joined the program and may not be current.

Sarah Apple

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Sarah works in Dr. Michael Kay’s lab at the University of Utah, where she uses the law of symmetry to design drugs that prevent infections. Specifically, her projects focus on developing D-peptide drugs that stop Ebola virus and E. coli bacteria from entering and infecting cells. She uses a variety of techniques, including peptide synthesis and X-ray crystallography, to understand the details of how D-peptide drugs bind to their targets. Sarah hopes that her work will lead to treatment and preventative therapies that protect people from disease.