Sarah is currently Head of the Department of Materials at The University of Manchester which is home to nearly 2,000 students and staff. She is a member of the School of Natural Science’s senior management team and is a currently elected Senate member for The University of Manchester. In addition to her Head role she is also the UK Biomedical Materials champion for The Royce Institute of a £235million UK government investment for advanced materials. In this activity she has created an interaction of a 200 strong stakeholder working group of UK academics and industry. She has prepared and led community day and strategic working group meetings. In this role she has led the creation of UK landscape activity in the biomedical materials area and has liaised with many UK and international academics and industry. She is the Director of the EPSRC CDT in Advanced Biomedical Materials. She is also a committee member for the EPSRC Advanced Materials Strategic Working Group. She is also a panel member for MRC DPFS grant funding and Specialty Chief Editor for Regenerative Technologies, a specialty section of Frontiers in Medical Technology Journal.
Sarah was appointed Professor of Bioengineering at The University of Manchester in 2014 in the School of Materials after joining Manchester in 2010. 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 Lectureship and then a Senior Lecturer position in orthopaedic tissue engineering in 2008.