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Sarah E. Fitzpatrick


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Sarah E. Fitzpatrick

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Sarah was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and attended Ohio State University as an Eminence Fellow with a major in Neuroscience. While at OSU, she founded and ran the Theatre Arts Group, a program at a local high school in which she taught students about theatre and wrote and directed two plays with a team she ran. What started as her passion project has since expanded to multiple schools in Columbus, OH.

In addition to theatre, Sarah has been interested in brain development and neurodevelopmental disorders since high school when she worked with children with autism at Camp Stepping Stones every summer. She then spent 5 years working on clinical trials and conducting translational and basic research on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and fragile X syndrome (FXS) at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, OSU, and the UC Davis MIND Institute.

After graduation, she worked at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for two years in Dr. Craig Erickson’s lab studying FXS before leaving the Midwest for Yale’s MD-PhD program in 2018. After two years of medical school, she is now a 6th year in the program and a PhD candidate in Dr. Ellen Hoffman’s lab, where she studies the roles of ASD-associated chromatin modifier genes in early brain development using zebrafish. She is the student director of the Wednesday Evening Clinic where she has served as a primary care provider for over 2 years to stay connected to clinical medicine while in graduate school. Additionally, she is co-chair of the MD-PhD student council, president of the Yale Salsa Society, a PASS mentor, and a Davenport graduate affiliate.

When not in the lab or clinic, her hobbies include salsa dancing, biking for commute and fun, most forms of exercise and outdoor activities, spending quality time with friends, her partner, and dog, and building things at MakeHaven.

Please note her email address as her name is not unique - there is an "e" in the middle or it will go to someone else!

Education & Training

  • MPhil
    Yale, Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program (2022)
  • BSc (Hon)
    The Ohio State University, Neuroscience (2016)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
NRSA F30 Research Fellowship AwardNIMH2022
Conference Travel AwardInternational Zebrafish Conference2022
Young Investigator Travel AwardMolecular Psychiatry Association2021
Student Group Award for Excellence in Community Service ProgrammingOhio State University2016
The Ohio State University P12 Initiative – A Little Goes A Long Way Mini-GrantThe Ohio State University2015
National Fragile X Foundation Summer Student FellowshipNational Fragile X Foundation2015
Eminence ScholarshipOhio State University2012

Professional Service

American Academy of Child and Adolescent PsychiatryMember2022 - Present
Yale Undergraduate Research JournalReviewer2022 - Present