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Sarah K. Lucas

Sarah K. Lucas

Sarah K. Lucas

Pronouns: she/her
Assistant Professor


354 Life Sciences Complex


Ph.D. in Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology (MICaB), University of Minnesota (2020)

B.S. Microbiology, Minor Biochemistry, Pennsylvania State University (2010)


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Biographic Overview

Sarah K. Lucas is a microbiologist with an interest in understanding the human microbiome and its collective contributions to human health and disease. Using a variety of techniques such as metagenomics, bioinformatics, imaging, and experimental microbiology, she has studied an array of microbe-human interfaces. This includes her work characterizing a crossfeeding network between S. aureus and mucus-degrading bacteria from chronic sinus infections, and more recently applying predictive modeling with human fecal metaviromes in search of biomarkers for colon cancer.

Research Interests

The Lucas Lab aims to understand human health from the microbial perspective. We combine meta-omics analysis and bioinformatics with experimental microbiology to investigate biotic and abiotic factors that influence microbial functions and pathogenic potential at the host-microbe interface.

Research Specializations

human microbiome, metagenomics, bioinformatics, anaerobic microbiology, experimental microbiology

Honors and Awards

NIDCR/NIH (F31) Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Predoctoral Fellowship (2017)