Kimberly Sabsay

  • Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics
Lab rotation

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 thrilled to be pursuing my doctorate degree at Princeton University and hope to utilize both computational and experimental methods to investigate proteins and bacteria. 

I am a Green Lab Ambassador and strive to educate fellow colleagues on the importance of implementing more sustainable practices to do our part in minimizing unnecessary waste and energy consumption. It is estimated that laboratories are responsible for 5.5 metric tons of plastic waste per year! For more information:


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.