Perry Research Group
Sarah Perry

Sarah Perry

Assistant Professor

Office: (413) 545-6252
Email: perrys@engin.umass.edu

Office Address:

N265 Life Sciences Laboratory
240 Thatcher Road
Amherst, MA 01003

Mailing Address:

159 Goessmann Laboratory
686 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003

Biographical Statement

Sarah L. Perry received BS degrees in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry from the University of Arizona, as well as a MS in Chemical Engineering working on gas phase methods for chemically passivating silicon surfaces for semiconductor manufacturing. She received her PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign working on microfluidic platforms for the crystallization and study of membrane protein crystallization with Prof. Paul J.A. Kenis. She began working as a postdoc for Prof. Matthew Tirrell in the Bioengineering Department at the University of California at Berkeley and moved with the lab to the Institute for Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago. Her initial research in the Tirrell Group focused on the use of self-assembling DNA-lipid films for use in transfection. She then expanded her research to investigate the self-assembly, structure, and physics of biomimetic polyelectrolyte systems known as complex coacervates for use as artificial organelles or nanoreactors.

Honors and Awards

2017 College of Engineering Outstanding Teacher Award
2017 College of Engineering Diversity Student Ally Award
2016 Featured in the Lab on a Chip themed collection on Emerging Investigators.
2015 Residential First-Year Experience (RFYE) Student Choice Award