Amanda Sebastian

Amanda began working in Scharf lab as an undergraduate in 2014 and worked on the cellular stoichiometry project for the beneficial soil microbe, Sinorhizobium meliloti. She helped establish bacterial two-hybrid protocols to test protein-protein interactions in S. meliloti’s chemotaxis signal transduction pathway. She graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in microbiology in 2018. She received her M.S. in veterinary medical sciences from the University of Florida in 2021 where she worked to create a reverse genetics system for Jeremy Point virus, a nyavirus isolated from common eider ducks in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. In 2022 she returned to Scharf lab with Virginia Tech’s Biological Sciences Ph.D. program. Currently she studies Chi-like flagellotropic bacteriophages in the Siphoviridae family.

Outside of lab, Amanda enjoys horror movies, attempting arts and crafts, and hanging out with her menagerie of pets.