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LaMere, Sarah, D.V.M.


Sarah LaMere is not new to The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) where she is a graduate student and participant in STSI’s TL-1 program. After receiving the B.S. degree in 2000 at Texas A&M University in College Station, she was a research technician at TSRI for two years. Sarah then was a laboratory assistant in the immunology and virology department at San Diego Zoo’s Center for Reproduction of Endangered Species (CRES), before enrolling in Cornell University’s School of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, NY.

After receiving the D.V.M. degree in 2007, she returned to CRES as a veterinary postdoctoral fellow in the Wildlife Disease Molecular Diagnostics laboratory, where she worked on a project in collaboration with SeaWorld to characterize retroviruses in delphinids. Her scholarly papers in veterinary medicine and research include:

  • LaMere SA, St. Leger JA, Schrenzel MD, Anthony SJ, Rideout BA, Salomon DR. Molecular characterization of a novel gammaretrovirus in killer whales (Orcinus orca). 2009. J Virol. 83(24):12956-67.
  • LaMere SA. Conservative management of a T6 compression fracture in a juvenile reindeer. 2006. Cornell University Library.

As a T-1 trainee, Sarah conducts research on transplant immuno-epigenomics. She has actively participated in collaborative efforts to develop a new high-throughput methodology for DNA methylation analysis based on using a complementary set of recombinant methylated chromatin binding proteins. She also is developing and troubleshooting methods for targeted high-throughput DNA methylation analysis based on a novel emulsion PCR and bisulfite sequencing to validate and complement these efforts.

In addition to conducting research, she participates in clinical rounds on internal medicine topics; coursework in ethics, clinical trials and statistics; and clinical mentorship entailing patient visits and case discussions.

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