KARISSA SANBONMATSU
Structural biologist

Karissa Sanbonmatsu investigates how DNA allows cells in our body to remember events that take place.
As Karissa Sanbonmatsu describes herself: “I’m a woman trying to figure out what it means to be a woman — a woman with a passion for understanding the inner workings of DNA and how this affects our thoughts, our femininity and our psyche. I’m investigating how DNA allows cells in our body to remember events that take place. With cryogenic electron microscopes, supercomputers with a million processors and DNA sequencing, my lab is uncovering the molecular processes responsible for these events.” Sanbonmatsu is a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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