Sarah J Certel

Head shot of Sarah CertelSarah J Certel is an associate professor in UM’s Division of Biological Sciences. A lover of details and structure, she was drawn to the field of genetics and neuroscience and now researches neuron communication and the circuitry that regulates aggressive behavior. This research has been published in high-impact journals and funded by government and private foundation grants, and she travels around the country and the globe to present at conferences and university seminars. She particularly enjoys heading into her lab and discovering something new or unexpected about the properties of neurons and circuits, and she passes this joy of learning onto her students at UM, area high schools students and learners of all ages at SpectrUM Discovery Area.

Thank you: “Thank you for the Tom Boone Town and Gown Award. I am truly honored to receive it. It is an even greater honor to be placed in the company of the past honorees, several of whom have been colleagues I know personally and respect greatly, and all of whom have made important contributions to our beautiful city. Some of us joined the University of Montana initially due to our career goals, but in a short time have come to appreciate the people of Missoula. I am pleased to be able, in a small way, to contribute to the beneficial connections between the city and university, as envisioned by attorney Boone and his fellow businessmen.”