Sara Carioscia
Sara Carioscia


I’m a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and PhD Candidate in the Cell, Molecular, Developmental Biology, and Biophysics (CMDB) program at Johns Hopkins University.

I am advised by Rajiv McCoy and am broadly interested in human genomics and evolution. My current research investigates bias, dispersion, and error in human development.

I majored in Biology and Classics at Georgetown University, where I conducted research with Manus Patten. I then spent two years as a Science Policy Fellow at the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI), working on projects for Executive Branch agencies including the NIH and NASA.

Outside of research, I am an avid cyclist; I compete with the Hopkins cycling team in the fall cyclocross season, and I mountain bike whenever I can. I’m a Board Member for the Friends of the Mount Vernon Trail, which works with the National Park Service to maintain and improve the trail. I’m a new member of the Board for the Rosslyn Business Improvement District (BID) in Arlington, VA, where I intend to contribute to projects supporting transportation and outdoor spaces in the region.

Here’s a link to my CV.


In Review

Carioscia, S.A.,* Weaver, K.J.,* Bortvin, A.N., Ariad, D., Bell, A.D., McCoy, R.C. Strict adherence to Mendel’s First Law across a large sample of human sperm genomes. bioRxiv, * Equal contribution. doi:

Research Articles

Carioscia, S.A., Linck, E., Crane, K., Lal, B. (2019). Assessment of the utility of a government strategic investment fund for space. New Space, 62(7). doi:

Rydzewski, W., Carioscia, S.A., Lievano, G., Lynch, V., Patten, M.M. (2016). Sexual antagonism and meiotic drive cause stable linkage disequilibrium and favour reduced recombination on the X chromosome. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 29(6). doi: doi/abs/10.1111/jeb.12866

Patten, M.M., Carioscia, S.A., Linnen, C. (2015). Biased introgression of mitochondrial and nuclear genes: A comparison of diploid and haplodiploid systems. Molecular Ecology, 24(20). doi: doi/abs/10.1111/mec.13318