Sara Spencer – Genetic Counselor
SarA is capable of binding to mRNA molecules and suppressing their production by inhibiting activity of ribonucleases. A 22 kDa protein has been observed more commonly produced during late postexponential and stationary growth phases in PC1839 (sarA) when compared with wild type 8325-4 cells.
Although overall mRNA turnover within cells was similar between strains, some transcripts displayed increased stability in DsarA due to SarA effects on their degradation kinetics.
Early Life and Education
Sara Spencer is an assistant professor in the Feinberg School of Medicine and provides comprehensive prenatal, preconception and expanded carrier screening genetic counseling. She is certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling and specializes in family history of genetic disease.
Global RNA turnover properties showed similar characteristics between UAMS-1 and UAMS-1DsarA cells; bulk mRNA turnover increased during exponential phase than stationary phase growth. However, subset of mRNA species displayed different stability depending on whether they originated from either an sarA background or not (Table 1).
Electrophoretic mobility shift assays revealed that purified SarA protein directly bound spa transcripts, an mRNA species stabilized by SarA. These findings suggested that SarA regulates S. aureus’s mRNA degradation properties in response to specific environmental signals.
Sara currently works on projects related to causal inference and evidence synthesis. Specifically, her current focus involves methods for assessing effects of interventions using regression discontinuity designs.
She is also one of the founding members of the Love Your Buns Foundation, an organization which raises awareness and provides resources for young-onset colorectal cancer. Since its establishment, it has raised more than $8 Million.
She currently sits on multiple local and statewide boards including: Omaha Women’s Fund, Phoenix Academy, Nebraska Children and Families Foundation, Omaha Women’s Resource Center and Nonprofit Association of the Midlands. Additionally, she holds both Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Administration degrees from University of Nebraska Omaha.
Achievement and Honors
Sara has served as an Associate in multiple Broadway productions including Anything Goes, Streetcar Named Desire & Old Times. Additionally she has participated in both group and one-woman art shows.
She has received numerous accolades and awards for her efforts, such as Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholar, Peabody Scholar, Kappa Delta Pi international education honor society president. Additionally, she taught English abroad to refugee teenagers. Furthermore, she mentored over 70 first-year students as a VUceptor; finally, she was honored with Honors Student of the Year Award by the University and featured as speaker at Honors Convocation; this prize consists of both cash prize and opportunity to inspire incoming honors students (nomination may come either from first year seminar instructors or self-nomination).
Sara is a triple Scorpio, an adventurer and rescuer with an affinity for wild plants and animals. She studied evolutionary biology in Durango and her debut EP “The Wild” explores this relationship between herself and nature as a source of honor and respect for both.
Sara began her career as a model cum actress with her appearance in “Playboy’s” Girls of the Pac 10 pictorial in October 2005 and was awarded Playmate of the Month honors in July 2006. Additionally, she acted in films such as The House Bunny (2008) and Miss March (2009).
As well as her professional work, she enjoys horseback riding, snowboarding, camping and watching reality television programs in her free time. Pizza, pasta and burgers are among her favorite foods. She is currently single.
Sara is an incredible model, actress and host who has amassed considerable wealth during her stellar career. Her stunning beauty and innate charisma have won over millions.
She first appeared in Playboy’s photo essay of “The Girls of Pac 10” in 2005, then later was awarded July’s Playmate then later that year Playmate of the Year. Additionally she has made appearances in multiple movies such as Miss March, House Bunny, and The Telling.
She boasts an estimated net worth of over $5 Million dollars and is in a relationship with cabin builder Jacob Witzling, with whom they are working on a project called Cabinland in Northwest US and have launched a YouTube channel to document their progress.