Sara Bender, Ph.D.

Program Officer, Science


Sara is a program officer with the Moore Foundation's Science Program.

Sara Bender, Ph.D.


Sara is trained as an ocean scientist and has an interdisciplinary background in oceanography, biogeochemistry, molecular biology, and microbiology. She is interested in the development of new tools and technologies to unravel the complexities of the natural world.

At the Moore Foundation, Sara is a member of the Symbiosis in Aquatic Systems and Marine Microbiology Initiatives, where she focuses on understanding how microbes shape the world around us. She also manages projects to develop new tools and approaches for environmental monitoring, and she is excited by the potential for these emerging technologies to inform conservation decisions. Outside of this work, Sara is interested in how science is portrayed and communicated to broader audiences and is a member of the Science Advisory Board for the Sloan-San Francisco Film Society’s Science in Cinema program.

Her graduate and post-graduate research involved the application of ‘omics and bioinformatics methods to study marine microbes. As part of this work, she participated in scientific cruises, working in the coastal Pacific Northwest, as well as Cape Cod Bay. Prior to joining the foundation, Sara was a postdoctoral scholar in the Marine Chemistry and Geochemistry department at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Sara earned a B.A. in biology at Rutgers University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in biological oceanography at the University of Washington.”


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