Sarah Richardson was a postdoctoral fellow in synthetic biology at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s Joint BioEnergy Institute. Her research focused on CRISPR and other bacterially derived tools for genome editing; she hopes to improve the adoption and efficiency of genome editing for biomanufacturing. Since getting her start as a high school intern in a Johns Hopkins School of Medicine laboratory, she has performed, and been awarded for, her extensive community outreach focused on minority and economically disadvantaged students. She received a B.S. in Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics at the University of Maryland and a Ph.D. in Human Genetics and Molecular Biology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she was awarded a prestigious Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship award. She came to Berkeley Lab by way of the Joint Genome Institute, where she was a Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow in Genomics. She currently holds a L’Oréal Women in Science postdoctoral fellowship and a Synthetic Biology Leadership Excellence Accelerator Program (SynBioLEAP) fellowship. She lives in Oakland with her husband Brian Olson.