Sarah Hobdey received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Colorado State University. Her dissertation work involved characterization of the structure-function relationships involved with polymerization processivity of the viral RNA-dependent RNA polymerases.
At NREL, Dr. Hobdey works on purification and characterization of various cellulases and hemicellulases involved in lignocellulosic oligomer saccharification. Recently, she was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), where she will continue working on oligomer saccharification as well as pilot experiments involved with conversion of biomass into longer chain hydrocarbons and investigation of alternative organisms for consolidated bioprocessing.
- Hobdey, S.E.; Kempf, B.J.; Steil, B.P.; Barton, D.J.; Peersen, O.B. (August 2010). "Poliovirus polymerase residue 5 plays a critical role in elongation complex stability." J. Virology (84:16); pp. 8072-8074.
- Issur, M.; Geiss, B.J.; Bougie, I.; Picard-Jean, F.; Despins, S.; Mayette, J.; Hobdey, S.E.; Bisaillon, M. (December 2009). "The flavivirus NS5 protein is a true RNA guanylyltransferase that catalyzes a two-step reaction to from the RNA cap structure." RNA (15:12); pp. 2340-2350.