Suzanne Sandmeyer, PhD, is Vice Dean for Research at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. In that capacity she oversees a team that works to support biomedical research development, innovation and translation into public benefits. She is committed to applying emerging technologies including stem cell technologies to improvements in the efficiency and efficacy of health care for individuals while reducing costs.
Sandmeyer first joined the UC Irvine Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, subsequently transferred as Chair to the Department of Biological Chemistry. Her research laboratory strives to understand the genomic impact of retroviruslike elements by probing how they utilize host functions to replicate and target integration into the host genome. In addition, her laboratory has used genomics technology to develop oleaginous yeast as a respiratory single-cell metabolic model. As Director of a UCI genomics and bioinformatics facility, she has taken an active role in promoting accessibility of emerging genomics technologies.
Sandmeyer has served on national advisory panels, including the NCI Basic Sciences Board of Scientific Counselors, Genetics Study Section, and NIH Director’s New Innovator Award Editorial Panel. She is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Sandmeyer earned her BA degree from Carleton College and her PhD in biochemistry from the University of Washington. She trained in molecular genetics as a Damon Runyon postdoctoral fellow with Maynard Olson, PhD, at Washington University.