Sarah Volkman


I am a Professor of Nursing at Simmons University and have been involved in preparing Nursing students in basic science content since 1989. I teach Advanced Human Pathophysiology for graduate nursing students both in the Nursing@Simmons online program and on campus. I have an extensive teaching background and am committed to the education of nurses and health professionals.


  • University of California, San Diego (BA, cum laude)
  • Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (ScD)


  • Fellow of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (FASTMH)

Area of Expertise

My area of expertise is in pathophysiology and human disease processes. I am also an international expert on malaria and work with the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What I Teach

I teach CHSO404 and CHSC404, Advanced Human Pathophysiology in the Nursing@Simmons and Campus programs.

Community Engagement

  • Nursing Students Without Borders
  • Science Education in Schools

Research/Special Projects

  • Malaria population genetics and drug resistance


Selected Publications

Evaluating the performance of Plasmodium falciparum genetic metrics for inferring National Malaria Control Programme reported incidence in Senegal. Wong W, Schaffner SF, Thwing J, Seck MC, Gomis J, Diedhiou Y, Sy N, Ndiop M, Ba F, Diallo I, Sene D, Diallo MA, Ndiaye YD, Sy M, Sene A, Sow D, Dieye B, Tine A, Ribado J, Suresh J, Lee A, Battle KE, Proctor JL, Bever CA, MacInnis B, Ndiaye D, Hartl DL, Wirth DF, Volkman SK. Malar J. 2024 Mar 5;23(1):68. PMID: 38443939

Artemisinin resistance mutations in Pfcoronin impede hemoglobin uptake. Ullah I, Farringer MA, Burkhard AY, Hathaway E, Willett BC, Khushu M, Shin SH, Sharma AI, Shao KL, Martin MC, Dvorin JD, Hartl DL, Volkman SK, Bopp S, Absalon S, Wirth DF. bioRxiv [Preprint]. 2023 Dec 22:2023.12.22.572193. PMID: 38187525

Malaria surveillance reveals parasite relatedness, signatures of selection, and correlates of transmission across Senegal. Schaffner SF, Badiane A, Khorgade A, Ndiop M, Gomis J, Wong W, Ndiaye YD, Diedhiou Y, Thwing J, Seck MC, Early A, Sy M, Deme A, Diallo MA, Sy N, Sene A, Ndiaye T, Sow D, Dieye B, Ndiaye IM, Gaye A, Ndiaye A, Battle KE, Proctor JL, Bever C, Fall FB, Diallo I, Gaye S, Sene D, Hartl DL, Wirth DF, MacInnis B, Ndiaye D, Volkman SK. Nat Commun. 2023 Nov 10;14(1):7268. PMID: 37949851

Potent acyl-CoA synthetase 10 inhibitors kill Plasmodium falciparum by disrupting triglyceride formation. Bopp S, Pasaje CFA, Summers RL, Magistrado-Coxen P, Schindler KA, Corpas-Lopez V, Yeo T, Mok S, Dey S, Smick S, Nasamu AS, Demas AR, Milne R, Wiedemar N, Corey V, Gomez-Lorenzo MG, Franco V, Early AM, Lukens AK, Milner D, Furtado J, Gamo FJ, Winzeler EA, Volkman SK, Duffey M, Laleu B, Fidock DA, Wyllie S, Niles JC, Wirth DF. Nat Commun. 2023 Mar 16;14(1):1455. PMID: 36927839

R H: a genetic metric for measuring intrahost Plasmodium falciparum relatedness and distinguishing cotransmission from superinfection. Wong W, Volkman S, Daniels R, Schaffner S, Sy M, Ndiaye YD, Badiane AS, Deme AB, Diallo MA, Gomis J, Sy N, Ndiaye D, Wirth DF, Hartl DL. PNAS Nexus. 2022 Sep 10;1(4):pgac187. PMID: 36246152

Genetic surveillance for monitoring the impact of drug use on Plasmodium falciparum populations. Ndiaye YD, Hartl DL, McGregor D, Badiane A, Fall FB, Daniels RF, Wirth DF, Ndiaye D, Volkman SK.Int J Parasitol Drugs Drug Resist. 2021 Dec;17:12-22. PMID: 34333350

Genetic evidence for imported malaria and local transmission in Richard Toll, Senegal. Daniels RF, Schaffner SF, Dieye Y, Dieng G, Hainsworth M, Fall FB, Diouf CN, Ndiop M, Cisse M, Gueye AB, Sarr O, Guinot P, Deme AB, Bei AK, Sy M, Thwing J, MacInnis B, Earle D, Guinovart C, Sene D, Hartl DL, Ndiaye D, Steketee RW, Wirth DF, Volkman SK. Malar J. 2020 Aug 3;19(1):276. PMID: 32746830

Artemisinin resistance without pfkelch13 mutations in Plasmodium falciparum isolates from Cambodia. Mukherjee A, Bopp S, Magistrado P, Wong W, Daniels R, Demas A, Schaffner S, Amaratunga C, Lim P, Dhorda M, Miotto O, Woodrow C, Ashley EA, Dondorp AM, White NJ, Wirth D, Fairhurst R, Volkman SK.Malar J. 2017 May 12;16(1):195. PMID: 28494763

Malaria Genomics in the Era of Eradication. Neafsey DE, Volkman SK. In: Malaria: Biology in the Era of Eradication. Wirth, DF and Alonso, P (eds), Cold Spring Harbor Publications, New York. Cold Spring Harb Perspect Med. 2017 Aug 1;7(8):a025544. PMID: 28389516

Genome-Wide Association Studies of Drug-Resistance Determinants. Volkman SK, Herman J, Lukens AK, Hartl DL.Trends Parasitol. 2017 Mar;33(3):214-230. PMID: 28179098

Complete List of Publications

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH)
  • American Society for Microbiology
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science


  • Scholarly Excellence Award, Simmons University (2007)
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Simmons University (2010)
  • Christensen Fellow, Harvard University (2000)
  • Senior Teaching Fellow, Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University (1998)
  • Young Investigator, American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (1994)