Kimberly Sabsay

  • Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics
te Velthuis and Wingreen labs

I graduated from California Polytechnic State University SLO with a BS in Biochemistry and a minor in mathematics. Throughout the first two years of my undergraduate experience, I worked in an inorganic chemistry lab studying the impacts of metal complexes on DNA while attempting to develop a protocol to efficiently extract large cost-effective quantities of DNA from plant-based matter. The second half of my undergraduate career focused on computational modeling and molecular dynamics. I designed and published five computational models for activated human MEK1 as a tool to aid in drug design for cancers which arise from MEK1 protein irregularities.

I am jointly advised by Ned Wingreen and AJ te Velthuis and study the architecture and dynamics of viral genomes, including influenza, measles, and rabies. I utilize multiple microscopy techniques, including total internal reflection fluorescence (TIRF) microscopy and cryogenic transmission electron microscopy (Cryo-TEM), to visualize the structure and function of molecular complexes called ribonucleoproteins (RNPs) which encase viral genomes.

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Sabsay, K. R.; Lee, R. T.; Ravatt, L. M.; Oza, J. P.; McDonald, A. R. Computational Models for Activated Human MEK1: Identification of Key Active Site Residues and Interactions. J. Chem. Inf. Model. 2019, acs.jcim.8b00989.