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New Department of Microbiology and Molecular Biology associate chair

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Professor Sandra Hope is appointed as the Microbiology and Molecular Biology Associate Chair.

Hope received her BA and MS at Utah State University and her PhD at the University of Kentucky. Before coming to BYU, Hope did post-doctoral research at Chandler Medical School in Kentucky where she made a transgenic mouse that is still used globally to study macrophages. Currently, she is working towards earning an MBA from BYU’s Marriott School of Management.

Hope has worked at BYU for 16 years as a teaching professor and also serves as the director of the Research Instrumentation Core Facility. Her favorite part about BYU is the students. She feels fortunate to work with dedicated students.

This year, Hope’s interests in immunology and virology have allowed her to share her passion with everyone facing unknown and misunderstood elements related to the pandemic. Hope said, “I love helping people begin to understand and to feel more empowered as they are willing to learn more.” She enjoys seeing how her field applies to the whole world and is excited to serve as the new MMBio associate chair.