Sarah Mayes, PhD


Sarah Mayes, PhD is Co-Founder and VP of R&D at Alafair Biosciences, an emerging medical device company based in Austin, Texas. Alafair Biosciences develops internal wound healing products based on a natural-polymer hydrogel technology that Dr. Mayes co-invented. Dr. Mayes earned her Ph.D. in 2013 at The University of Texas at Austin in Biomedical Engineering under the direction of Prof. Christine Schmidt. While in the Schmidt lab, Dr. Mayes developed the technologies that Alafair licensed. Previously, Dr. Mayes worked at Ford Motor Company for seven years where she led alternative fuel applied research efforts. She earned an MS degree in Material Science & Engineering from The University of Michigan in 2006 and a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 2000. Sarah lives in Austin with her husband and two children, Henry (11), and Wyatt (10).