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Sarah Volkman, Sc.D.

Sarah Volkman, Sc.D.

Sarah Volkman, Sc.D.

Professor of Nursing (undergraduate and graduate)

Sarah Volkman, Sc.D.

About

Dr. Volkman Cooke is an Associate Professor in the nursing programs at Simmons and has been involved in preparing nursing students in the basic science content since 1989. She teaches Normal and Abnormal Physiology as well as the Integrative Sciences Curriculum for the Direct Entry Program including Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Anatomy and Physiology. She holds a joint appointment at the Harvard School of Public Health in Immunology and Infectious Diseases. In addition to her teaching at Simmons, she continues to teach Infectious Diseases and the Human Organism at Harvard University, where her scientific research interests involve understanding the mechanisms of drug resistance in the human pathogen, Plasmodium falciparum. Besides her teaching and research interests, Dr. Volkman is currently writing a textbook on human pathophysiology, which uses clinical case scenarios to examine the mechanisms of human disease. She has received several awards including the Young Investigator Award by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and was a Senior Teaching Fellow at Harvard University.


Education

  • B.A. University of California, San Diego
  • Sc.D. Harvard University

Publications

  • Volkman SK and Hartl DL. 2003. A Game of Cat and Mouth. Science 299: 353-354.
  • Nielsen KM, Kasper J, Choi M, Bedford T, Kristiansen K, Wirth DF, Volkman SK, Lozovsky ER, Hartl DL. 2003. Gene Conversion as a Source of Nucleotide Diversity in Plasmodium falciparum. Molecular Biology and Evolution 20 (5): 726-734.
  • Kidgell C, Volkman SK, Daily J, Borevitz JO, Plouffe D, Zhou Y, Johnson JR, Le Roch K, Sarr O, Ndir O, Mboup S, Bataloy S, Wirth DF, Winzeler EA. A systematic map of genetic variation in Plasmodium falciparum. PLoS Pathog. 2006 2(6): e57
  • Bethke LL, Zilversmit M, Nielsen K, Daily J, Volkman SK, Ndiaye D, Lozovsky ER, Hartl DL, Wirth DF. Duplication, gene conversion, and genetic diversity in the species-specific acyl-CoA synthetase gene family of Plasmodium falciparum. Mol Biochem Parasitol. 2006 150(1): 10-24.
  • Duraisingh M, Ferdig MT, Stoeckert CJ, Volkman SK, McGovern VP. Plasmodium research in the postgenomic era. Trends Parasitol. 2006 22(1): 1-4.
  • Volkman SK, Lozovsky E, Barry AE, Bedford T, Bethke L, Myrick A, Day KP, Hartl DL, Wirth DF, Sawyer SA. Genomic heterogeneity in the density of noncoding single-nucleotide and microsatellite polymorphisms in Plasmodium falciparum. 2007 Gene
  • Volkman SK, Sabeti PC, DeCaprio D, Neafsey DE, Schaffner SF, Milner DA, Daily JP, Sarr O, Ndiaye D, Ndir O, Mboup S, Duraisingh MT, Lukens A, Derr A, Stange-Thomann N, Waggoner S, Onofrio R, Ziaugra L, Mauceli E, Gnerre S, Jaffe DB, Zainoun J, Wiegand RC, Birren BW, Hartl DL, Galagan JE, Lander ES, Wirth DF. A genome-wide map of diversity in Plasmodium falciparum. 2007 Nature Genetics
  • Duraisingh M, Ferdig MT, Stoeckert CJ, Volkman SK, McGovern VP. Plasmodium research in the postgenomic era. Trends Parasitol. 2006 22(1): 1-4.

Presentations

  • Volkman SK and Wirth DF. 2003. Analysis of ATP-Binding Cassette (ABC) Transporters in Plasmodium falciparum. Molecular Parasitology Meeting, Woods Hole MA.
  • Volkman SK, Lozovsky E, Barry AE, Bedford T, Myrick A, Choi M, Lyons EJ, Nielsen KM, Thomas SM, Day KP, Hartl DL, Wirth DF. 2003 Analysis of Noncoding Regions in Plasmodium falciparum Reveals New Estimates of Genetic Diversity. American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Volkman SK, Lozovsky E, Barry AE, Bedford T, Bethke L, Myrick A, Day KP, Hartl DL, Wirth DF. 2004. Analysis of Noncoding Regions Reveals Mosaic Distribution of Genetic Diversity within the Plasmodium falciparum Genome. Molecular Parasitology Meeting, Woods Hole MA.
  • Volkman SK and Wirth DF. 2004. Classification and Analysis of the ATP-Binding Cassette (ABC) Gene Family in Plasmodium falciparum-Evidence that Some ABC Transporters are Under Genetic Selection. American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Miami, FL.
  • Volkman SK, Sabeti PC, Onofrio RC, Richter DJ, Waggoner S, Stange-Thomann N, Daily JP, Sarr O, Mboup S, Hartl DL, Birren B, Lander E, Wirth DF. 2005. Creating a Haplotype Map for Plasmodium falciparum. Molecular Parasitology Meeting, Woods Hole MA.
  • Volkman SK, Sabeti PC, Hartl DL, Birren BW, Lander ES, Wirth DF. 2005. A Haplotype Map for Plasmodium falciparum. American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Washington DC.
  • Galagan J, Volkman SK, Sabeti PC, DeCaprio D, Derr A, Neafsey D, Stange-Thomann N, Shamovsky O, Onofrio R, Richter DJ, Waggoner S, Mauceli E, Gnerre S, Zainoun J, Daily JP, Sarr O, Mboup S, Wiegand R, Hartl DL, Jaffe D, Birren B, Lander E, Wirth D. 2006. A Haplotype Map For Plasmodium Falciparum. Cold Spring Harbor, NY.
  • Volkman SK, Sabeti PC, DeCaprio D, Neafsey D, Schaffner S, Milner D, Daily JP, Sarr O, Ndiaye D, Ndir O, Mboup S, Duraisingh MT, Lukens A, Derr A, Stange-Thomann N, Mauceli E, Gnerre S, Jaffee DB, Wiegand R, Birren BW, Hartl DL, Galagan JE, Lander ES, Wirth DF. 2006. A Genome-Wide Map of Diversity in Plasmodium falciparum. Molecular Parasitology Meeting, Woods Hole MA.
  • Volkman SK, Sabeti PC, DeCaprio D, Neafsey D, Schaffner S, Derr A, Milner D, Stange-Thomann N, Shamovsky O, Onofrio R, Richter DJ, Waggoner S, Mauceli E, Gnerre S, Zainoun J, Daily JP, Sarr O, Mboup S, Wiegand R, Hartl DL, Jaffe D, Birren B, Galagan JE, Lander E, Wirth DF. 2006. Genome-wide Diversity Map of Plasmodium falciparum. American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Atlanta GA.
  • Neafsey DE, Sabeti PC, Volkman SV, Schaffner SF, DeCaprio D, Park D, Montgomery P, Gates C, Houde N, Sarr O, Stange-Thomann N, Milner DA, Wiegand RC, Galagan JE, Hartl DL, Birren BW, Lander ES, Wirth DF. 2007. Population Genomics Of Plasmodium falciparum. Cold Spring Harbor, NY.
  • Volkman SK, Neafsey D, Sabeti PC, Park DJ, Schaffner SF, Milner DA, Lukens A, Montgomery P, Gates C, Houde N, Daily JP, Sarr O, Ndiaye D, Mboup S, Wiegand R, Hartl DL, Birren BW, Galagan JE, Lander ES, Wirth DF. 2007. Genotyping P. falciparum reveals population differences enriched for amino acid substitutions with greater genetic diversity in Senegal compared to Thailand. Molecular Parasitology Meeting, Woods Hole MA.
  • Daniels R, Volkman S, Miner D, Park D, Wirth DF, Wiegand RC. 2007. A universal SNP-based molecular barcode for P. falciparum identification and tracking. American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Philadelphia PA.
  • Volkman SK, Sabeti PC, Neafsey D, Park D, Schaffner S, Milner D, Montgomery P, Daily JP, Sarr O, Ndiaye D, Mboup S, Wiegand R, Hartl DL, Birren B, Galagan JE, Lander E, Wirth DF. 2007. Genotyping analysis of P. falciparum reveals greater genetic diversity in Senegal compared to Thailand and population differences enriched for amino acid substitutions. American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Philadelphia PA.
  • Volkman SK, Neafsey D, Sabeti PC, Park DJ, Schaffner SF, Daniels R, Milner DA, Mahesh N, Lukens A, Montgomery P, Gates C, Houde N, Daily JP, Sarr O, Ndiaye D, Mboup S, Wiegand R, Hartl DL, Birren BW, Galagan JE, Lander ES, Wirth DF. 2008. Developing a Map of Genetic Diversity in Plasmodium falciparum. Molecular Approaches to Malaria, Lorne Australia.

Invited Symposia

  • American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene-Malaria Genetic Diversity 2006
  • American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene-ACMCIP Symposium: Genomic Approaches to Host and Parasite Interactions 2007
  • American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene-Career Pathways in Global Health 2007
  • American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene-Malaria Genetic Diversity 2007
  • American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene-ACMCIP Professional Development Series on Mentoring 2007

Invited Speaker/Participant

  • Next Steps Malaria Meeting, The Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard, Cambridge MA, April 28 - 29, 2005
  • Malaria Symposium, Columbia Earth Institute, New York, NY, July 28, 2005
  • Next Steps Malaria Meeting, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, UK, January 20-22, 2007
  • Next Steps Malaria Meeting, The Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard, Cambridge MA, June 26-27, 2007
  • Malaria Gordon Conference, Magdalen College Oxford UK, September 9 - 14, 2007
  • Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute, Fourth International Malaria Conference, Baltimore, MD, March 17-18, 2008
  • Next Steps Malaria Meeting, The Wellcome Trust, London, UK April 8-9, 2008.
  • Biomarkers of Malaria, Stakeholders Meeting, Akosombo, Ghana, May 26-28, 2008

Awards

  • Simmons College Fund for Research Grant, 2003
  • Faculty Development Awardee, Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University 2005
  • Simmons College School for Health Studies, Scholarly Excellence Award, 2007