Bill and Sandra (Magyar) Beese of Herndon, Va., announce the engagement of their daughter Sara Elizabeth Beese to Joshua Joyner Sims, son of Mrs. Nina Sims of Tallahassee, Fla., and Dr. Joyner Sims of Atlanta, Ga. Sara is the granddaughter of Joe Magyar of Martins Ferry.
Sara, a 2001 Herndon High School graduate, was a Schreyer Honors Scholar at the Pennsylvania State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2005. She received her PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology from Johns Hopkins University in 2010.
Josh graduated from Marianna High School in Florida in 1996, and received a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from the University of Florida in 2000. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania for two years and then resumed his education, earning a PhD in biophysics from Johns Hopkins University in 2009.
Dr. Beese and Dr. Sims currently hold research positions at Harvard Medical School, and reside in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A wedding celebration is planned for April 17 in Baltimore, Md.