Sarah Elkin

Graduate school at UT Southwestern

Sarah Elkin
Chemistry major with biochemistry focus
Distinguished Major Program

Sarah was an undergraduate researcher that worked on characterizing the function of the protein 10640157 from the thermophilic bacterium Thermoplasma acidophilum. Based on the protein’s structure, it was putatively identified as a ribokinase. However, her research has shown that there is no evidence to support ribokinase activity. Instead, the protein 10640157 appears to use adenosine as substrate rather than ribose. She is currently investigating additional substrates and optimizing solution conditions to quantify the kinetic parameters of 10640157 activity.