Sarah Romanelli


Emory University
Department of Biochemistry
Office: Rollins Research Center
4150 Rollins Research Center
AtlantaGA 30322


My name is Sarah Romanelli and I'm a freshman at Emory University studying biology on a pre-med track. I'm from Oceanside, New York and I'm a proud student from Oceanside High School!

During my time in high school, I was heavily involved in science research and a proud member of my high school's college research program. I interned for the past two years at Columbia University's Center for Cancer Genetics, where I studied the effect of hyperactive NT5C2 genes on relapsed leukemia and nucleoside analogue resistance. For my research, I was awarded "Best In Fair" at the New York State Science and Engineering Fair (NYSSEF) as well as second place in translational medicine at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).

Aside from science, I was heavily involved in theatre and served as the Thespian Theatre Honor Society President and Treasurer at my high school. I choreographed and performed in countless shows and for my contributions, was named “Most Outstanding Actress” and received a spot in the Theatre Hall of Fame. I also was named a Long Island Scholar Artist winner, which recognizes a student with outstanding academic and theatrical talents. As a Girl Scout Senior Ambassador, I focused my Girl Scout Gold Award project on music performance, called "Music Inspires!"

For my overall contributions to my community, I was awarded the “Friends Youth Award” from the Oceanside Library and the “Town of Hempstead Pathfinder Service Award,” which recognizes a young woman with outstanding leadership skills. 

Because I'd like to become a pediatric oncologist someday, I know working in the Liang lab will open many doors for me. I find tremendous value in research and I hope to learn as much as possible during my time here!