Greetings ASBMB Policy Blotter,
My name is Sarah K. Martin and I am your new ASBMB science policy fellow. I will be joining you here on the Blotter to help keep you up to date with the activities of the ASBMB public affairs team. I received my Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry working with Natasha Kyprianou at the University of Kentucky. My doctoral research focused on understanding mechanisms of chemotherapy resistance in advanced prostate cancer, a lethal disease among American men.
While at UK, I served as the elected Vice President of the Graduate Student Congress. In that role, I had the opportunity to collaborate with our state government relations office to develop a graduate student Hill Day in our capital to showcase to our state legislators the cutting-edge, Kentucky-centric research performed at our institution. My interest in science policy was born from my personal experience pursuing advanced science education in Kentucky. It became apparent to me that scientists, like all people, have unique individual talents: teachers, innovative thinkers, cutting-edge researchers, brilliant grant writers, department chairs, student mentors, etc. While every scientist must wear many hats, science policy was particularly attractive to me because I enjoy communicating complex scientific concepts to both technical and non-technical audiences to tell the story of science.
In addition to my interests in science and policy, I have also been an avid equestrian my entire life. I ride and compete regularly in dressage with my horse Garth (show name: SRC Parrot Bay). Dressage is a French word that literally means “training,” and the sport is derived from ancient cavalry maneuvers. I have been privileged to compete at both a Regional and National level with great success and look forward to making the D.C. area our new home.
I look forward to continuing the Policy Round-Up each week. If you are new to the Blotter, the Policy Round-Up highlights news articles focused on science policy issues and keeps you informed. I look forward to hearing from all of you.
Sarah K. Martin