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Sara Gilmore

Sara Gilmore joined the ranks of University of Idaho graduates this month after completing her bachelor’s degree in molecular biology and biochemistry in 3 1/2 years.

The Caldwell native will leave Moscow with three years of laboratory experience. As the coauthor of two scientific publications, she learned to lead the pursuit of knowledge as well as follow.

Gilmore spent the past two summers conducting independent research projects through the Idaho IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence that is funded by the National Institutes of Health Institutional Development Award Program. Two programs at the University that are NIH-funded through the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence, focus on infectious diseases and evolution, and they also funded her work.

Most recently she has studied Yersinia pestis, the bacterium that causes bubonic and pneumonic plague, and how it evades the human body’s immune system responses, specifically those of the neutrophils. Her mentor, University of Idaho microbiology, molecular biology and biochemistry professor, Scott Kobayashi, submitted the results from her work to a journal for publication.

Gilmore also studied a flexible protein found in people that is involved in replicating DNA in several different organisms. That work, her first chance to experience research in depth, occurred in the lab of her academic adviser, professor Gary Daughdrill, a biochemist.

“I enjoy studying what happens in the cell because you can study all of the parts, and cells are found in all organisms,” Gilmore said.

She chose to study at the University of Idaho because it offered undergraduate students the opportunity to actively participate in research. “I think it’s important that students have the chance to work in a laboratory if they’re thinking about it as a career,” Gilmore said.

In the fall, she plans to enroll in a master’s degree program at Idaho State University to work with pharmacology professors there who are studying the effects of medical drugs on the body at the cellular level.

Gilmore served as a College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Ambassador. She visited high schools to present programs about opportunities available to students in the college and the University.

The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences educates students who become leaders in agricultural, food, animal, veterinary biomedical, family and consumer sciences, and in agricultural education and extension.