Sarah Woodfield, PhD

Faculty Panel

Job Title: Assistant Professor, Surgery

Current Employer: Baylor College of Medicine


  • Ph.D. in Developmental Biology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX (2012)

  • B.S. in Biology, Yale University, New Haven, CT (2007)


I completed by bachelor’s degree in biology at Yale University in 2007 and my Ph.D. degree in developmental biology at Baylor College of Medicine in 2012. My thesis focused on a cancer model in Drosophila melanogaster in which neoplastic tumorigenesis occurs as a result of misregulation of signaling pathways with blockage of the endosomal protein trafficking system. During this time, I contributed to four publications, including one first-author paper. I then moved into pediatric oncology research, completing five years as a postdoctoral associate (2012-2017) studying neuroblastoma and pediatric liver cancer in two translational pediatric oncology laboratories. Based on my contributions to science, I was promoted to the position of Instructor in 2017 and then to Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in April of 2019. Since 2012, I have contributed to 18 peer-reviewed publications in the field of pediatric oncology, including three first author papers. I have also received multiple funded awards, including the Clayton Award from the Texas Children’s Hospital Department of Surgery and the Faculty Research Award from the Baylor College of Medicine Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery. I am also a faculty member of the Development, Disease Models, and Therapeutics Graduate Program in the Baylor College of Medicine Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Most useful skill sets acquired from/for your field:

  1. Critical evaluation of experiments and data in order to inform the planning of future experiments and the final conclusions drawn from the data

  2. Communication, including oral and written communication

  3. Multitasking and compartmental organization of tasks and projects in order to work on multiple projects at different stages at the same time

What I love most about my job:
First, my job allows the flexibility and creativity to think about fundamental scientific questions and ways to answer these questions. Second, what I accomplish in the lab has the real potential to help children with cancer. Finally, I enjoy the collaborative, interactive atmosphere of academic science.

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