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Sara Sandin



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Senior research engineer at Department of Chemistry
KBC-huset (KB), Linnaeus väg 10 Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå


Dr. Sara Sandin is a structural biologist with a long-standing interest in electron microscopy (EM). She studied chemistry (1999-2001) at Stockholm University Sweden, during which time she had the opportunity to work in Prof. Höglund’s group at Uppsala University with electron microscopy and HIV-1. After graduation she obtained a fellowship from the Knowledge Foundation Sweden to carry out her doctoral research with an industrial focus (pharma & biotech) at the Karolinska Institute (2001-2005). Her PhD supervisor was Prof. Skoglund and she worked with cryoEM and electron tomography.

She obtained an EMBO long-term fellowship and a MRC career development fellowship for her postdoctoral research work which was conducted at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB), Cambridge, UK (2006-2012). At LMB she worked in Prof. Rhodes’ group with single particle EM, human telomerase and chromatin. During this time she also received a visiting fellowship to work on cellular EM methods at the Salk Institute in Prof. Karlseder’s group and at UCSD in Prof. Ellisman’s laboratory. In 2012 she became an Assistant Professor at the School of Biological Sciences (SBS) and the NTU Institute of Structural Biology (NISB) in Singapore. Between 2017-2020, she was the Deputy Director of the Facility for Analysis Characterisation Testing & Simulation (FACTS).

In 2023 she joined the chemistry department at Umeå university and Prof Linda Sandblad’s team at the Umeå Centre for Electron Microscopy (UCEM). UCEM is part of SciLifeLab a national resource for bioimaging and structural biology in Sweden.