Sarah’s interdisciplinary research area focuses on creating a paradigm shift in healthcare treatments. Her research is in the area of orthopaedic tissue engineering, wound care treatments and more recently, translating the 3D tissue growth techniques to cancer research for early biomarker detection. Her research involves developing biomaterials and stimuli such as mechanical or electrical stimulation regimes to grow bone, cartilage, tendon and ligament tissue in the laboratory with the aim of potentially implanting these tissues into a patient. In order to assess the quality of the tissues, she also develops X-ray imaging techniques for dynamic soft tissues or live cell imaging. She is currently Head of the Department of Materials which is home to nearly 2,000 students and staff and Director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training for Advanced Biomedical Materials.