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Sara Sawyer is an Associate Professor in the BioFrontiers Institute at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Dr. Sawyer is an expert on innate immunity and the transmission of viruses from animals to humans. Her lab studies HIV, Ebola, influenza, and several newly emerging animal viruses that are causing sporadic outbreaks in humans. Her approach combines methods from virology and molecular evolution. Side-projects focus on the development of novel next-generation sequencing applications, and on the effects of radiation exposure to human cells. In 2011, Dr. Sawyer received a PECASE research award from President Obama at the White House for her work on these topics.