Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Delivering science and technology to protect our nation and promote world stability

Faces of Science: Karissa Sanbonmatsu

For Karissa Sanbonmatsu, there is nothing more exciting than the moment of discovery, when only the discoverer has the answer to a special secret. One such secret Karissa is unraveling today is how DNA is reprogrammed during life.
March 4, 2015
Karissa Sanbonmatsu

Karissa Sanbonmatsu, Bioscience and Health


  • Communications Office
  • (505) 667-6700

Discovery of gigantic molecules makes huge impact on gene research

Faces of Science: Karissa Sanbonmatsu

Faces of Science: Karissa Sanbonmatsu

Karissa Sanbonmatsu says that research is like solving a complex puzzle. Karissa cannot stop “digging” at a problem until she knows the answer. For her, there is nothing more incredible than the feeling of moving into uncharted territory.

Karissa’s research right now involves researching how DNA is reprogrammed during life. The missing link on how genes are switched on and off could be gigantic RNA molecules. In 2012, Karissa and her team published the first structure of such a molecule.

Sanbonmatsu works for T-6's Theoretical Biology & Biophysics group.

Visit Blogger Join Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter See our Flickr Photos Watch Our YouTube Videos Find Us on LinkedIn Find Us on iTunesFind Us on GooglePlayFind Us on Instagram