Dr. Sanchez was born and raised in Northern California. She attended Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry (2007) and three dodgeball championships. She pursued a Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of California, Santa Cruz after an amazing NSF Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (2006) in Prof. Phil Crews' lab. In the Fall of 2007, she returned to UCSC to work with Prof. Roger Linington where her graduate studies encompassed two main projects including: (1) using the natural product almiramide C as a basis for structure activity relationship and mechanism of action studies; and (2) exploring the fish microbiome as a niche environment for isolating microbes.
In the Fall of 2012, she joined Prof. Pieter Dorrestein's lab at UC San Diego as an NIH K12 IRACDA Fellow. Her postdoctoral research focused on establishing methods for probing and characterizing metabolic exchanges in polymicrobial communities, specifically those associated with cheese rinds.
She started her independent lab in the Fall of 2015 and strives to support a rigorous, innovative laboratory environment. Her team specializes in using and adapting imaging mass spectrometry and tandem mass spectrometry for small molecule analyses in complex systems. She was a K12 BIRCWH Scholar (2016-2017) which supported the translation of the techniques to women's health. She was the Rising Star in the Life Sciences in 2019 at UIC.