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Sarah Rosenstein earned a B.A. in Biological Chemistry from Wellesley College and her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Duke University. At Duke, she began research in the emerging field of RNA enzymes (ribozymes), determining the secondary and tertiary structural features required for self-cleavage of the Hepatitis Delta Virus genomic and anti-genomic RNA. She has published in the journals Biochemistry and Nucleic Acids Research and has two U.S. patents. She was an adjunct professor at Utica College for over twenty years, where she developed coursework in environmental chemistry focusing on climate change and energy, chemical body burdens, endocrine disrupting chemicals and obesogens.

Recent Courses Taught

Biological Chemistry Lab
Principles of Chemistry Lab
Organic Chemistry II Lab

Select Publications

  • Veasey, K.; Rosenstein, S. (2017) Distribution and abundance of microplastic pollution on Sandy Hook Bay beaches is higher than on New Jersey coastal beaches. Abstracts of Papers, 253rd ACS National Meeting & Exposition, San Francisco, CA, United States, April 2-6, 2017; American Chemical Society: Washington, D.C., 2017; ENVR-578.
  • Rosenstein, Sarah Peel. (2005) "Mud Cakes for Socks." Babybug, May/June.
  • Been, M.D., Perrotta, A.T. and Rosenstein, S.P. (1998) Enzymatic RNA Molecules. U.S. Patent 5,712,128.
  • Been, M.D., Rosenstein, S.P. and Perrotta, A.T. (1997) Enzymatic RNA Molecules. U.S. Patent 5,625,047.
  • Rosenstein, S.P. and Been, M.D. (1996) Hepatitis delta virus ribozymes fold to generate a solvent-inaccessible core with essential nucleotides near the cleavage site phosphate. Biochemistry 35:11403-11413.
  • Perrotta, A.T., Rosenstein, S.P. and Been, M.D. (1993) Experimental evidence for the secondary structure of the hepatitis delta virus ribozyme. In Hepatitis Delta Virus: Molecular biology, Pathogenesis and Clinical Aspects, S.J. Hadziyannis and J.M. Taylor (eds.). Wiley-Liss, Inc., New York, NY, p. 67-77.

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Educational Background

Ph.D., Duke University
B.A., Wellesley College

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