Sarah Teichmann

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Sarah Teichmann
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Sarah Teichmann speaking at the Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) conference in 2016 in Orlando, Florida
Born Sarah Amalia Teichmann
(1975-04-15) April 15, 1975 (age 43)[1]
Karlsruhe, Germany
  • German
  • American[1]
  • British
Alma mater
Children Two daughters[2][3]
Scientific career
Thesis Genome evolution: analysing proteomes with new methods (1999)
Doctoral advisor Cyrus Chothia[11][12]

Sarah Amalia Teichmann (born 1975)[1] FMedSci[16] is Head of Cellular Genetics at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute[17] and a visiting research group leader at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI).[18][11] She is also a Director of Research (equivalent to Professor)[19] in the Cavendish Laboratory,[20] at the University of Cambridge and a Senior Research Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge.[citation needed]


Teichmann was educated at the European School, Karlsruhe in Germany from 1981 to 1993 where she completed the European Baccalaureate in 1993.[21] Teichmann went on to study Natural Sciences (Biochemistry) at Trinity College, Cambridge and was awarded a first class Bachelor of Arts degree in 1996. In 1999, she completed her PhD supervised by Cyrus Chothia[22] at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) on genome evolution.[23]

Career and research[edit]

Following her PhD, Teichmann did postdoctoral research supervised by Janet Thornton at University College London[18] and funded by the Beit Memorial Fellowships for Medical Research. From 2001-2012, she was a Medical Research Council (MRC) Programme Leader, studying patterns in protein interactions and transcriptional regulatory networks.[24][25]

In 2013 Teichmann was appointed a joint position at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI). From 2005 to 2015 she was a teaching fellow and Director of Studies at Trinity College, Cambridge. Since 2016 Teichmann has served as the head of Cellular Genetics at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute[17] and a visiting research group leader at the EBI.[11]

Teichmann's research[26][27][28][29] investigates gene expression[30][31][32] and protein complex assembly[33] using both wet laboratory and computational biology techniques.[34] In particular her research group:

Teichmann's research has been funded by the European Research Council (ERC), the Medical Research Council (MRC), the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC),[36] the Wellcome Trust, the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), the Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development and the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST).[21]

As of 2015 Teichmann has supervised eight PhD students to completion[37][21][38][39][40][41][42][43][44][45] and several postdoctoral researchers who have gone on to become Principal Investigators (PIs).[21][46][47][48]

Awards and honours[edit]

Teichmann has won a number of awards. In 2010, she was awarded Colworth Medal from the Biochemical Society.[14][49] In 2012, Teichman was awarded the Francis Crick Medal and Lecture, membership of European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO)[6] and the Lister Prize from the Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine.[5] In 2015 she was awarded the Michael and Kate Bárány Award for young investigators by the Biophysical Society[50] and the EMBO Gold Medal. Teichmann was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci) in 2015. Her citation on election reads:

Teichmann has also been an activist for women's careers in science through enabling scientists in families to advance their careers while working part-time.[15] She chaired a Sex in Science debate at the Wellcome Trust on balancing family life with working in research.[citation needed] Teichmann was elected an ISCB Fellow in 2016 by the International Society for Computational Biology.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Teichmann is of Quaker heritage[citation needed] and has two daughters.[3] Teichmann is the co-author of the children's language education novel Teenage Detectives,[51] which she wrote as a teenager together with her mother Dr. Virginia Teichmann, an English-language university lecturer in Karlsruhe.[52]


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  13. ^ Teichmann, S. A.; Rison, S. C.; Thornton, J. M.; Riley, M; Gough, J; Chothia, C (2001). "The evolution and structural anatomy of the small molecule metabolic pathways in Escherichia coli". Journal of Molecular Biology. 311 (4): 693–708. doi:10.1006/jmbi.2001.4912. PMID 11518524. 
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  24. ^ Babu, M. M.; Luscombe, N. M.; Aravind, L; Gerstein, M; Teichmann, S. A. (2004). "Structure and evolution of transcriptional regulatory networks". Current Opinion in Structural Biology. 14 (3): 283–91. CiteSeerX accessible. doi:10.1016/ PMID 15193307. 
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  32. ^ Wilson, D; Charoensawan, V; Kummerfeld, S. K.; Teichmann, S. A. (2008). "DBD--taxonomically broad transcription factor predictions: New content and functionality". Nucleic Acids Research. 36 (Database issue): D88–92. doi:10.1093/nar/gkm964. PMC 2238844Freely accessible. PMID 18073188. 
  33. ^ Levy, E. D.; Teichmann, S (2013). "Structural, Evolutionary, and Assembly Principles of Protein Oligomerization". Oligomerization in Health and Disease. Progress in molecular biology and translational science. Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science. 117. pp. 25–51. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-386931-9.00002-7. ISBN 9780123869319. PMID 23663964. 
  34. ^ Perica, T; Kondo, Y; Tiwari, S. P.; McLaughlin, S. H.; Kemplen, K. R.; Zhang, X; Steward, A; Reuter, N; Clarke, J; Teichmann, S. A. (2014). "Evolution of oligomeric state through allosteric pathways that mimic ligand binding". Science. 346 (6216): 1254346. doi:10.1126/science.1254346. PMC 4337988Freely accessible. PMID 25525255. 
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  39. ^ Charoensawan, Varodom (2011). Evolution and dynamics of transcription factors and gene expression patterns. (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. OCLC 890150091. 
  40. ^ De, Subhajyoti (2008). Human genome evolution : investigating protein divergence, polymorphisms and genomic neighbourhood. (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. OCLC 890154864. 
  41. ^ Han, Jay (2007). Structure, function and evolution of protein-protein interactions (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. 
  42. ^ Kummerfeld, Sarah Kay (2006). Towards understanding the protein universe : genome-scale studies of evolution and gene regulation. (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. 
  43. ^ Levy, Emmanuel Doram (2008). Classification, evolution, and assembly of protein complexes. (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. 
  44. ^ Perica, Tina (2013). Evolutionary and structural dynamics of protein complexes (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. OCLC 890148231. 
  45. ^ Su, Jing (2012). Computational prediction of regulatory elements (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. 
  46. ^ Adryan, B; Teichmann, S. A. (2010). "The developmental expression dynamics of Drosophila melanogaster transcription factors". Genome Biology. 11 (4): R40. doi:10.1186/gb-2010-11-4-r40. PMC 2884543Freely accessible. PMID 20384991. 
  47. ^ Gsponer, J; Futschik, M. E.; Teichmann, S. A.; Babu, M. M. (2008). "Tight regulation of unstructured proteins: From transcript synthesis to protein degradation". Science. 322 (5906): 1365–8. doi:10.1126/science.1163581. PMC 2803065Freely accessible. PMID 19039133. 
  48. ^ Hebenstreit, D; Gu, M; Haider, S; Turner, D. J.; Liò, P; Teichmann, S. A. (2011). "EpiChIP: Gene-by-gene quantification of epigenetic modification levels". Nucleic Acids Research. 39 (5): e27. doi:10.1093/nar/gkq1226. PMC 3061070Freely accessible. PMID 21131282. 
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