Oregon State University 2018-Present

PhD Candidate, Microbiology

Dr. Stephen Giovannoni Lab

GPA: 3.78

California State University Los Angeles 2017

B.S. Microbiology, Minor: Political Science

Cum Laude, 2017

CSULA GPA: 3.506


Graduate Research Assistant Fall 2018-Present

Oregon State University, Co-Advisors: Dr. Stephen Giovannoni & Francis Chan

  • Currently testing the Hypoxic Barrier Hypothesis to determine how oxygen is respired, total use of dissolved organic carbon and how microbial community composition affects the formation and persistence of oxygen minimum zones.

  • Established and maintained cultures of Synechococcus and Prochlorococcus for use in B vitamin trafficking project.

Student Independent Research Intern Spring 2017

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Mentor: Dr. Parag Vaishampayan

  • Tested and implemented in house MALDI-TOF database for rapidly identifying microbes isolated from

spacecraft assembly cleanrooms.

  • Performed NASA Standard Spore Assay, colony counting and participated in the Mars 2020 Planetary

Protection sampling process.

  • Restructured and authored standard operating procedures for the MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometer and

Characterizing Novel Species in the space microbiology laboratory.

  • Performed basic/advanced microbial lab techniques, DNA extraction, lyophilization of microbial

samples, and sample deposition.

Student Researcher Fall 2013

University of the Virgin Islands, Mentor: Dr. Jennilee Robinson

  • Researched with the UVI Environmental Analysis Lab and Microbiology faculty studying water quality in John Brewers Bay, St. Thomas, USVI.

  • Assisted in collecting and evaluating water samples using IDEXX Enterolert and Colilert reagents.

  • Utilized GIS, rainfall data, and bacterial indicators to determine public health risks and safety of recreational water use following heavy Caribbean storms.


Stephen Giovannoni, Francis Chan, Edward Davis II, Curtis Deutsch, Sarah Wolf. "Biochemical Barriers on the Path to Ocean Anoxia?". mBio Journal. 2021.

Quinn Washburn, Stephen Noell, Sarah Wolf, Chih-Ping Lee, Jay Well, Stephen J. Giovannoni, and Christopher P. Suffridge. “Oligotrophic: A Marine Microbiology Board Game for Science Classrooms”. The Science Teacher. 2021.

Arman Seuylemezian, Logan Ott, Sarah Wolf, Jomel Fragante, Oscar Yip, Rüdiger Pukall, Peter Schumann, and Parag Vaishampayan. “Bacillus glennii sp. nov., and Bacillus saganii sp. nov. isolated from the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center where the Viking Spacecraft were Assembled.International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology. 2020.


Robinson J, Wolf S, Solomon K, Liverpool S, Udycz C, Smith T. Measuring Fecal Indicator Bacteria in Brewer’s Bay, USVI. Poster presented at: American Society for Microbiology General Meeting; 2014 May 17-20; Boston, MA.

Wolf S, Solomon K, Liverpool S, Robinson J. Factors Contributing to Fecal Indicator Bacteria in Brewer’s Bay, USVI. Poster presented at: National Conference on Health Disparities; 2013 Nov 13-16; St. Thomas, USVI.


"A microbe's point of view: coastal ocean deoxygenation" April 28, 2021. Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission : United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Global Ocean Oxygen Network.


Teaching portfolio available upon request

Teaching Assistant, Microbial Genome Evolution and Biodiversity Fall 2020, 2021

Teaching Assistant, Human Microbiome Spring 2020

Teaching Assistant, Fish Disease Spring 2020

Instructor, MB230 Introductory Microbiology Laboratory Spring 2019, Summer 2019, Fall 2019/2020

Teaching Assistant, BI212 Principles of Biology Laboratory Fall 2018

Teaching Assistant, MB302/303 General Microbiology Fall 2018, Summer 2019

Teaching Assistant, OSU MB230 Introductory Microbiology Laboratory Fall 2018

Guest Lecturer, Health Promotion and Education 2016-2017


Advisor, Benton County Environmental and Natural Resource Committee 2021-Present

Hill Day Advocate, American Society for Microbiology 2020, 2021

Advisor on Dean Roy Haggerty (OSU) Student Board of Advisors 2020-Present

Co-President of Microbiology Graduate Student Association 2019-2020

President of CSULA Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) 2016-2017

Advisor on President Bill Covino (CSULA) Mind Matters Committee 2016-2017

CSULA Veteran’s Health Liaison 2016-2017

Student Programmer in CSULA Student Health Center 2015-2017

Chair of CSULA Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) 2015-2016


Sheila Van Zandt Student Research Experience Scholarship 2021

Mark H. Middlekauf Outstanding Graduate Achievement in Microbiology Scholarship 2021

Peer Health Educator of the Year, CSULA Student Health Advisory Committee 2017

3rd Place in Student Research Forum at National Conference on Health Disparities 2013


COVID19 Zoom Lessons for Kids March 2020-2021

Chair of Waste Reduction Committee, St. Mary's Catholic Church Fall 2019-Present

STEM Pen-pal, Letters to a Pre-Scientist Fall 2019-Present

Exhibitor with OSU Microbiology Graduate Student Association, DaVinci Days July 2019

Religious Education Nursery Teacher September 2019-2020

Volunteer Disaster Cycle Services Caseworker, American Red Cross Long Beach 2017-2018

Volunteer VA Hospital Bedside Visit Coordinator, American Red Cross Los Angeles 2017-2018

Student STEM outreach trip leader, Montana State University Spring 2014