Sarah Ackenhusen, Ph.D.

ACS Science Policy Fellow, 2023-2024


Sarah Ackenhusen (she/her/hers) earned her Ph.D. in chemical biology at the University of Michigan, studying biocatalysis and optimizing enzymes that transform amino acids. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry with a minor in mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she researched novel antibiotics. Her graduate work was funded by the National Institutes of Health Microfluidic Training Grant and the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship. During her time at U of M, she completed the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Certificate Program, engaging with science policy, leadership, and communication initiatives. Sarah has served as a Lansing Day Policy Advocate, Treasurer for the Engaging Scientists in Policy and Advocacy group, and an elected student representative for her doctoral program. She founded the DEI Committee for the Program in Chemical Biology, collaborating with institute leadership to establish new administrator positions and enact policy proposals. Beyond her academic pursuits, Sarah enjoys hiking, yoga, and exploring new restaurants and cuisines.



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