About Sadye Paez

New York, New York

Dr. Sadye Paez (CBA ’22) is a Senior Research Associate in the Neurogenetics of Language Laboratory, at The Rockefeller University. Her scholarship focuses on the intersections of the sixth mass extinction, conservation genomics, and global health. She also leads science communication and fundraising as the Program Director for the Vertebrate Genomics Project, which aims to generate reference genome assemblies of all ~70,000 living vertebrate species. Her earlier research focused on health promotion and disease prevention, drawing on her training as a biomechanist and physiotherapist with over 15 years of clinical experience across the lifespan. In particular, she studied movement as a modality for wellness among moderate to severely obese adults using lifestyle modifications as well as among children using active videogaming (Dance Dance Revolution). As an advocate for women and other underrepresented minoritized populations in STEM, Sadye is now leading efforts in the genomics community focusing on justice, equity, diversity and inclusion to address the principles, practices, and processes that shape the culture of STEM, and specifically, the global biodiversity genomics community, as the diversity co-chair for the Earth BioGenome Project. Her previous experience in this area includes curricula development to promote leadership in organizational cultural competence and international education via service learning. Her science writing has appeared in The Scientist and Nonprofit Quarterly. Lastly, Sadye is a Latin dancer focusing on mambo.

Dr. Constantina Theofanopoulou, is an Associate Research Professor at Hunter College, City University of New York ​and a Visiting Associate Professor at Rockefeller University, and Dr. Sadye Paez, a senior research associate in the Neurogenetics of Language Laboratory, joined The Center for Ballet and the Arts for the fall semester of 2021. During their time at the Center, they gathered evidence on the neurological links between dance and vocal learning; they examined how species develop the capacity to coordinate rhythmic sound with movement; they theorized the purpose of dance in human evolution; and they designed experiments and methodologies, with a range of clinical and research applications, to clarify how the neuroscience of language and dance intersect. They will continue their work at CBA as Visiting Scholars. Read the press release here.


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Photo of Sadye Paez wearing a blue shirt with a black background. She has brown wavy hair.