Scientific adviser in biological sciences and health at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) in Westminster
Sarah is scientific adviser in biological sciences and health at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) in Westminster. POST specialises in providing independent, impartial scientific briefings for MPs and Peers. The focus of much of Sarah’s work has been on biotechnology, bioethics, pharmaceuticals, vaccines and public health. Recent projects include various subjects in crime and justice, immunisation, cancer, gambling, science diplomacy, vector-borne disease and science funding.
Sarah holds a BSc in pharmacology at UCL and a PhD in neuropharmacology and biophysics at Imperial. This was followed by post-doctoral research with the pharmaceutical company Novartis, working on drug discovery programmes for novel analgesics. Sarah left research in 2005 to take a position as a scientific adviser in the office of the Chief Medical Adviser at the Department for Work and Pensions covering a variety of medical policy areas in public health and epidemiology.
This was followed by her move to Parliament in 2006 working for POST, including a stint as specialist adviser to the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee in 2007.
Information about our work, along with news about our projects, and all POST’s briefings are available on www.parliament.uk/post and @POST_UK.