Brett Sansbury, Ph.D.

Research Scientist I

B.S. Wesley College
Ph.D. University of Delaware

Dr. Brett Sansbury is a research scientist and is the Group Leader of Discovery Research at the Gene Editing Institute. As a doctoral student at the University of Delaware, she developed a novel in vitro system for studying gene editing in a test tube and defining the mechanisms of CRISPR-directed genome engineering in a cell-free environment. Brett received her Ph.D. in the spring of 2020. This system has produced seminal manuscripts on the mechanism of action and regulatory circuitry that surrounds human gene editing. This work has garnered a great deal of international recognition both in the scientific and popular press. She was the prime experimentalist to help define the diversity of genetic outcomes as a function of CRISPR directed gene editing in human cells. She is directing the research group to further elucidate how CRISPR acts differently within a diverse patient population. These studies will clearly impact the definition of clinical trials using CRISPR directed gene editing.