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)

Prof. Sarah Delaney received her B.A. in Chemistry from Middlebury College and conducted research with Prof. Sunhee Choi on the mechanism of action of cisplatin anti-cancer analogs. She completed her graduate 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 where she also serves as the Director of Graduate Studies. 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, 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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