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.

My current research investigates the possibility of transmission distortion in humans, whereby inheritance deviates from Mendelian expectations. I am advised by Rajiv McCoy and am broadly interested in human genomics and evolution.

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 also love Georgetown Basketball, hiking, and rock climbing. I took the Graduate Italian Reading and Translation course through Hopkins in summer 2021 and hope to take further coursework this year.

Here’s a link to my CV.


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