Sarah was born in 1986 in Los Angeles, California. Her family moved to South Korea when she was 10 months old, and she grew up there. She obtained her BS degree from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in 2009, where she worked under the guidance of Prof. Sukbok Chang. She then moved back to US to pursue her graduate studies in the group of Prof. Gregory C. Fu at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2009–2012) and California Institute of Technology (2012–2014). During her time in the Fu lab, she worked on the development and mechanistic investigation of catalytic asymmetric transformations with planar-chiral DMAP derivatives and chiral phosphines. Upon completion of her PhD at MIT in 2014, she joined the Hartwig group at UC Berkeley as a postdoctoral researcher. Besides Chemistry, Sarah loves shopping, reading books, and watching sports and movies.