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Sidney Gaston Sanchez

Sidney Gaston Sanchez

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329 Whitmore Lab
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (814) 863-6578


Hi! My name is Sidney Gaston Sanchez and I am originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, but I have been living in Morrisville, North Carolina for the past 10 years. I graduated with a B.S. in Integrative Physiology and Neurobiology from North Carolina State University. I chose to come to Penn State because of the exceptionally well-round education the program offered and to learn from faculty who are experts in their fields. I am interested in a career working with missing person's cases and human identification. In my free time, I enjoy reading and cuddling with my dog.


I am a member of Dr. Holland's research group. My research is funded by a DNA damage grant through the NIJ. My project focuses on modeling hydrolytic mitochondrial DNA damage and assessing its subsequent repair through massively parallel sequencing. I will also be performing a side project where I will producing mitochondrial haplotypes of 20th century skeletal remains using the Illumina MiSeq platform.