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Research Professor, Department of Global Development, Cornell University

Sarah is a Research Professor in the Department of Global Development with a joint appointment in the School of Integrative Plant Sciences in the College of Agriculture at Cornell University. She serves as the founding Director of the Cornell Alliance for Science—a global communications effort that promotes evidence-informed decision-making across a range of science issues. She teaches courses on agricultural biotechnology at the graduate and undergraduate level and is part of an interdisciplinary team that developed a massive open online course (MOOC) on the science and politics of GMOs on Cornell’s EdX platform. She is an adjunct faculty member at the Boyce Thompson Institute and a Senior Fellow at the Breakthrough Institute. Sarah was instrumental in launching the CALS initiative, AWARE (Advancing Women in Agriculture through Research and Education) which promotes women in agriculture.

Sarah received her PhD in Plant Biology from Cornell University in 2009, for which she conducted an interdisciplinary study combining work in plant molecular biology with science communication and international agriculture. She came to Cornell after completing a BA in Biology at Reed College.


  • –present
    Research Professor, Department of Global Development , Cornell University


  • 2009 
    Cornell University, Plant Science