Sarah is interested in elucidating the cellular and molecular mechanisms that mediate glial-glial interactions in the developing and regenerating nervous system. Her long-term goal is to understand the mechanisms that mediate cellular interactions along developing spinal motor nerves and use this information to better understand how the human nervous system is initially established, maintained, and behaves during disease. Sarah earned a B.Sc. in Biology from Valparaiso University in 2000 and went on to earn a Ph.D. in Pharmacological & Physiological Science from Saint Louis University with Dr. Mark Voigt in 2005. After Dr. Kucenas’ postdoctoral work with Dr. Bruce Appel at Vanderbilt University, she joined the faculty at the University of Virginia in 2009. Sarah has a 10-year-old daughter, Madelyn, 2 (VERY big) dogs, and is an avid swimmer.