Dr Sarah Hernandez
Sarah Hernandez is a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Leslie Thomson at University of California, Irvine. Sarah’s graduate work, at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, examined the ability of extracellular cues to alter gene expression and, consequently, phenotype. Her postdoctoral studies have extended this work using patient-derived stem cells, which have the unparalleled ability to study Huntington’s disease using human cells. Sarah’s research interests focus on defining HD-related changes that exist outside of the cell, in the “extracellular matrix”, to leverage molecular mechanisms for therapeutic intervention.