Sierra Durham

Sierra Durham

Position Title
Ph.D. Candidate


Sierra joined the Barile Lab in July 2017 after completing her B.S. in chemistry at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She is a Ph.D. student in the department of Food Science and Technology, and her recent projects have included exploration and analysis of bioactive oligosaccharides in milk and dairy products originating from bovine, human, porcine, and caprine sources, in their raw forms and after enzymatic or microbial treatment, through a variety of liquid chromatography, mass spectrometry, and capillary electrophoresis techniques.


  • 2017 B.S., Chemistry. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA.

Professional Experience

  • September 2015 – June 2017: Research Assistant at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA
  • June 2016 – August 2015: NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program Member at The University of Oregon, Eugene, OR