Researchers at UCD


Sara Hanson

Post Doc Research Fellow Lvl I

Conway Institute




Ph.D. Candidate, Interdisciplinary Program in Genetics, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 09/2007-05/2013

B.S., Biology, B.A., Chemistry, Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, IA, 09/2003-05/2007

Research Experience

University College Dublin, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 07/2013-present

Examining the evolution of mating type switching in ascomycetes using molecular biology and classical genetics techniques.

University of Iowa, Graduate Research Assistant, 09/2007-05/2013

Analyzed molecular requirements for sexual reproduction in monogonont rotifers through phylogenomics and transcriptome analysis.
University of Wisconsin-Madison, National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates, Microbiology, 05/2006-08/2006

Determined influence of interferon-g on dynamics of murine immune response to lymphocytic choriomeningitis viral infection using flow cytometry
University of Iowa, National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates, Microbiology, 05/2005-07/2005

Characterized infectivity and replicative capacity of a Herpes Simplex Virus type 1 UL34 mutant 


Honours and Awards

Year: 2013.
Title: Stephen J. O'Brien Award


Year 2013 Institution: University of Iowa
Qualification: PhD Subject: Interdisciplinary Program in Genetics



Book Chapters

Hanson, SJ and John M Logsdon, Jr (2013) 'Genome Evolution' In: Jonathan B Losos (eds). Princeton Guide to Evolution. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Roller, R, S Bjerke, A Haugo, and S Hanson (2010) 'Analysis of a charge-cluster mutation of herpes simplex virus type 1 UL34 and its extragenic suppressor suggest a novel interaction between pUL34 and pUL31 that mediates membrane curvature around capsids'. Journal of Virology, . [Details]
Hanson, SJ, AM Schurko, B Hecox-Lea, CP Stelzer, DB Mark Welch and JM Logsdon, Jr (2013) 'Inventory and Phylogenomic Analysis of Meiotic Genes in Monogonont Rotifers'. JOURNAL OF HEREDITY, . [Details]
Hanson, SJ, CP Stelzer, DB Mark Welch, and JM Logsdon, Jr (2013) 'Comparative transcriptome analysis of obligately asexual and cyclically sexual rotifers reveals genes with putative functions in sexual reproduction, dormancy, and asexual egg production'. BMC Genomics, . [Details]