Sara Triffo

Assistant Professor of Chemistry
McMichael Science Building 327B
2625 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244 (336) 278-6227


  • Ph.D., University of California - Berkeley, Physical Chemistry
  • B.S., Erskine College, Chemistry

Employment History

  • Assistant Professor, Chemistry, Elon University, 2011 - present

Courses Taught

  • CHM 111, CHML 111 General Chemistry 1
  • CHM 112, CHML 112 General Chemistry 2
  • CHM 172, Culinary Transformations
  • CHM 332, Physical Chemistry 1


Dr. Triffo's research focuses on the organization of membrane components in biological and synthetic cellular membranes.  Many cellular processes rely on direct interactions of membrane proteins, and there is still much left to learn about how membrane components, including phospholipids, cholesterol, protein modifications, and many others, affect and direct the two dimensional organization of cellular membranes.  Using fission yeast as a model live-cell system and synthetic membranes in the form of supported lipid bilayers and giant unilamellar vesicles, fluorescence labeling and fluorescence microscopy allow us to "see" the results of our membrane experiments.

Grants Awarded

  • November 2012     FR&D Summer Fellowship, Elon University; Summer 2013
  • November 2012     FR&D Financial Assistance, Elon University; 2013-2104 academic year


  • "Membrane anchor dependent colocalization in cellular membranes observed by Fluorescence Cross-Correlation Spectroscopy," Sara B. Triffo, Hector H. Huang, Adam W. Smith, Jay T. Groves, Biophysical Society Meeting 2010, February 20-24, 2010, San Francisco, CA, USA

  • "Membrane anchor dependent protein colocalization in cellular membranes observed by fluorescence cross-correlation spectroscopy," Sara B Triffo, Hector H. Huang, Adam W Smith, and Jay T Groves, Poster presentation, American Chemical Society Meeting, March 21-25, 2010, San Francisco, CA, USA
  • “Dynamics of Glycyl-prolyl-glycinamide, a potential anti-HIV medication”, Sara Curtiss and Chrystal D. Bruce, 58th Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Augusta, GA, November 2006

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