Meet the Executive Board

The Center for Undergraduate Research Board of Students is divided into committees, and each specializes in one of the organization’s initiatives. These committees are led by members of the executive board.

Get to know our committee leaders below!

Sarah Murphy

Executive Director (she/her)

Sarah Murphy

Hello, and welcome to our page! My name is Sarah, and I am so excited to lead this incredible team for the 2021-2022 school year. I am a third-year undergraduate student majoring in microbiology and cell science with a minor in health disparities in society. After earning my undergraduate degree, I plan to pursue a career in medicine.

My current research interests are in the biomedical sciences. I study adeno-associated viruses as a potential therapeutic vector for a variety of neurodegenerative diseases through capsid recombination for cell-specific transduction. Lots of big fancy words to say I change proteins on the virus shell and see if it becomes more infectious for specific cells! I have been involved in research for a little over 2 years now and I look forward to continuing my studies in my final year as a gator undergraduate.

I love that I am able to share my passion for research with my amazing CURBS family, who are all so supportive and encouraging of one another. This organization is about more than just promoting research; it is about showing that research is not “one size fits all”. We all come from different backgrounds, experiences, and fields of interest, but we all share a life-long passion for investigation. If you have any questions about CURBS, or if you just want to chat, send me an email at

Being on the CURBS e-board allowed me to provide leadership to other students seeking to find research experience. I was able to use these skills to present during workshops on how to find research positions and the benefits of doing undergraduate research.