Sarah Tomkovich
Biological Scientist

Research Summary

I joined Dr. Christian Jobin’s lab as a graduate student in 2011 to study host-microbe interactions and the microbiota. My Ph.D. research focused on the impact of the microbiota on host immune responses in relation to intestinal inflammation and colorectal carcinogenesis. I utilize various models (bacteria, mice and zebrafish) and techniques (gnotobiotics, sequencing, microinjection/microgavage, immunohistochemistry, and qPCR) to study the immune response to intestinal microbes and the role of bacteria in colorectal cancer development.


  • 2009 – B.S. University of Michigan Biology
  • 2016 – PhD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Microbiology and Immunology


  • Michigan Merit Award, University of Michigan, 2005-2006
  • Regents Merit Scholarship, University of Michigan, 2005
  • UF Health Cancer Center Research Day Predoctoral Trainee Poster Winner, University of Florida, 2016