Sarah was appointed Professor of Bioengineering at The University of Manchester in 2014 in the School of Materials after joining Manchester in 2010 as a Reader in Biomaterials. She received a B.Eng. in Materials Science with Clinical Engineering and a Ph.D. degree in Clinical Engineering from The University of Liverpool in 1996 and 2000 respectively and then furthered her studies at GeorgiaTech, Atlanta for two years as a postdoctoral research fellow. She joined Keele University in 2002 where she continued her postdoctoral studies until obtaining a Lecturership in 2004 and then Senior Lecturer position in orthopaedic tissue engineering in 2008.
Sarah is currently Deputy Head of The School of Materials and also Head of the Biomaterials Group at The School of Materials. She is a member of the schools senior management team and is a currently elected Senate member for The University of Manchester.
She is currently managing as lead PI several large grants totalling over 2 million GBP with funding from the MRC and BBSRC. These transltional grants focus on tendon repair techniques and electrical bioreactor development.
Sarah is prominent in the UK Tissue and Cell Engineering Society (www.tces.org) and is currently secretary (elected) on this important national society. She was council member (elected) on Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (European Chapter) TERMIS EU 2012-15. She was a core review panel member for UK Biotechnology and biological sciences research council (panel meets every 3 months) 2011-16. In addition she is an external evaluating panel member and UK expert advisor to the European Union as a member of The European Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research (COST) in the ‘Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences’ Domain. She has been a previous editorial board international member for ‘Biomaterials’ journal and is currently associate editor for ‘Journal of Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering’, an editorial board member for ‘Open Biomaterials’ journal, ‘ISRN Mechanical Engineering’ and for ‘World Journal of Orthopaedics’.