Sarah Walker, PhD

Dr. Sarah Walker is an instructor in Medicine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology and Bioinformatics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where her work in Biology was recognized with a Founders Award of Excellence and the Roland Walker Award. She then went on to receive her Ph.D. in Cell Biology from Harvard University where she was an Alpert J. Ryan Scholar. As a graduate student, she focused on understanding the molecular interplay of the STAT family of transcription factors on regulating genes important in cancer. She then completed her postdoctoral work with Dr. David Frank at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute where her work was recognized by a WICR Scholar travel award from the American Association of Cancer Research. Her work focused on furthering our understanding of STATs in women’s cancers and on identifying and developing inhibitors to target transcription factors. Expanding on her work as a postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Walker is currently focusing on understanding the role that a network of transcription factors play in ovarian cancer and designing strategies to target this network. In addition, she is developing tools to better recapitulate ovarian cancer in vitro.