Professor of Chemistry, Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the Graduate School


B.A. in Chemistry, Middlebury College (Advisor: Sunhee Choi)
Ph.D. in Chemistry, Caltech (Advisor: Jacqueline K. Barton)
Postdoctoral Fellow in Biological Engineering, MIT (Advisor: John M. Essigmann)

Professor Sarah Delaney received her BA in Chemistry from Middlebury College where she conducted research with Prof. Sunhee Choi on the mechanism of action of cisplatin anti-cancer analogs. She completed her doctoral work at the California Institute of Technology, working in the laboratory of Prof. Jacqueline Barton on the ability of the DNA base stack to serve as a medium for charge transfer reactions. Prof. Delaney was a Damon Runyon postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of John Essigmann at MIT where she studied the mutagenicity and toxicity of a variety of oxidized guanine lesions. Prof. Delaney is currently a Professor of Chemistry at Brown University. She is deeply engaged with graduate education and mentoring and has served as a member of the Brown University Graduate Council, as Director of Graduate Studies in Chemistry, as a long-time mentor on several National Institutes of Health training grants, and is currently the Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the Graduate School. Research in her laboratory is focused on establishing a chemically logical roadmap to understand how DNA damage relates to genetic change and human disease. In addition to researching the biochemistry of DNA damage she has an interest in cooking and how chemistry influences food. She teaches Organic Chemistry, Chemical Biology, a professional skills development course for doctoral students, and a broad interest course entitled Kitchen Chemistry. She has been awarded an Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award from NIH/NIEHS (2010), the Philip J. Bray Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Physical Sciences from Brown University (2011), and the Graduate School Faculty Award for Advising and Mentoring (2020).

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