Sarah Gignoux-Wolfsohn

Sarah Gignoux-Wolfsohn

I am a disease ecologist focused on marine systems. I use genetic tools to examine marine diseases from both the host and pathogen sides. I am also interested in the broader implications of marine diseases on our changing global health. My PhD. research is focused on better understanding the Caribbean coral disease white band disease; I have helped to characterize the spread of this disease and I am currently working on identifying bacteria associated with the disease.

Northeastern University, Boston, MA
PhD. Candidate, Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology
Committee: Drs. Steven Vollmer (Advisor), Geoffrey Trussell, Melissa Garren, Jonathan Grabowski, and Yunrong Chai

Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
Bachelor of Arts (2010), Biology; French
Thesis: Methylation and Pigmentation in the Three-Spine Stickleback
Advisor: Dr. Barry Chernoff
Gignoux-Wolfsohn SA, Vollmer SV (Revised and resubmitted) Identification of candidate coral pathogens on white band disease-infected staghorn coral using 16S tag sequencing.

Fuess L, Eisenlord M, Closek C, Tracy A, Mauntz R, Gignoux-Wolfsohn SA, Moritsch MM, Yoshioka R, Burge CA, Harvell D, Friedman CS, Hewson I, Hershberger PJ, Roberts S (Revised and resubmitted) Up in arms: Immune and nervous system response to sea star wasting disease.

Gignoux-Wolfsohn SA, Marks CJ, Vollmer SV (2012) White band disease Transmission in the Threatened Coral, Acropora cervicornis. Scientific Reports 2: 804 doi: 10.1038/srep00804.

Tipton M, Gignoux-Wolfsohn SA, Stonebraker P, Chernoff B (2011) Postglacial Recolonization of the Eastern Blacknose Dace, Rhinichthys atratulus (Teleostei: Cyprinidae), Through the Gateway of New England. Ecology and Evolution 1(3): 343-358 doi: 10.1002/ece3.31.
American Society of Microbiology General Meeting, Boston, MA
May 2014
White Band Disease Bacterial Communities in the Threatened Staghorn Coral
Sarah Gignoux-Wolfsohn and Steven Vollmer

American Society of Microbiology General Meeting, Denver, CO
May 2013
Next Generation 16s Profiles of White Band Disease in the Threatened Coral, Acropora cervicornis
Sarah Gignoux-Wolfsohn and Steven Vollmer

Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Providence, RI
July 2010
Methylation and Pigmentation in the three-spine stickleback, Gasterosteus aculeatus
Sarah Gignoux-Wolfsohn and Barry Chernoff

Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Portland, OR
July 2009
Phylogeography of the Blacknose Dace, Rhynichthys atratalus in the Connecticut and Adjacent River Basins.
Michelle Tipton, SA Gignoux-Wolfsohn, Phoebe Stonebraker, Barry Chernoff
Awards, Fellowships, and Funding campaign (raised $6,300)
May 2014
Website link

University Excellence Fellowship (Northeastern University)
September 2011-Present

Honorable Mention
May 2013
Biology department graduate student presentation competition (Northeastern University)

Honorable Mention, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
April 2013

Mellon Foundation Fellowship (Wesleyan University)
September-December 2009

Howard Hughes Foundation Summer Fellowship (Wesleyan University)
June-August 2009
Certifications and Memberships
AAUS certified scientific diver, American Society for Microbiology, Graduate Women in Science