Dr Sarah Williams

Course Director

School of Health, Science and Wellbeing

I am a Senior Lecturer in Biological and Biomedical Science, I am the Course Leader for Biomedical Science, I am a Clinical Immunologist, I am an Ambassador for the Royal Society of Biology, and I am one of the many #womeninSTEM,. I have a lot of labels, but at the heart of it all - I am a Biologist.

My formal qualifications started with a degree in Human Biology which I was awarded in 2005. I then gained my PhD in Immunology in 2009, both from the University of St Andrews in Scotland. After completing my doctoral studies I travelled for 9 months visiting (amongst others) Nepal, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and Peru. I love to travel and continue to do so as often as I can.

When I returned to the UK I took up a post at Southampton General Hospital in their Clinical Immunology Department where I worked for 3 and half years. During this time I completed a Masters in Medical Immunology taught by Kings’ College London. And, upon successful completion of the training programme, I registered as a Clinical Immunologist with the HCPC.

I am passionate about our future and the role the next wave of Biologists will play within it. They will help to ensure the future we have is safe, sustainable and healthy. They will need to be prepared to stand up in defence of good science against the global threat of misinformation. This passion and enthusiasm, coupled with my love for teaching, helps to ensure that the programmes we deliver really are some of the best.

Professional memberships and activities

  • Registered with the HCPC
  • Member British Society of Immunology
  • Member Royal Society of Biology
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Academic qualifications

  • PhD. 2009. ‘The Role of HLA-B27 in Inflammatory Arthritis’. University of St Andrews, School of Medicine.

  • MSc. 2012. Medical Immunology. Kings College London.

  • BSc (Hons) 2005. Human Biology. University of St Andrews, School of Biology.

  • Postgraduate Certificate, 2014. Higher and Professional Education. Staffordshire University


Research interests

  • Poster Presentation: Becoming the Biologist of the Future. Williams, S., Halfpenny, R., and Orsmond, P. Advance HE, February 2020
  • Regional susceptibility to TNF-a induction of murine brain inflammation via classical IKK/NFkB signalling. Young AM, Campbell EC, Lynch S, Dunn MH, Powis SJ, Suckling J. PLoS One. 2012;7(6):e39049. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0039049. Epub 2012 Jun 11.
  • Aberrant NF-kappaB expression in autism spectrum condition: a mechanism for neuroinflammation. Young AM, Campbell EC, Lynch S, Suckling J, Powis SJ. Front Psychiatry. 2011;2:27. Epub 2011 May 13.
  • Novel MHC class I structures on exosomes. Lynch S, Santos SG, Campbell EC, Nimmo AM, Botting C, Prescott A, Antoniou AN, Powis SJ. J Immunol. 2009 Aug 1;183(3):1884-91. Epub 2009 Jul 13.
  • Novel detection of in vivo HLA-B27 conformations correlates with ankylosing spondylitis association. Fussel H, Nesbeth D, Lenart I, Campbell EC, Lynch SJ, Santos S, Gould K, Powis SJ, Antoniou AN. Arthritis Rheum. 2008 Nov;58(11):3419-24.
  • Induction of HLA-B27 heavy chain homodimer formation after activation in dendritic cells. Santos SG, Lynch S, Campbell EC, Antoniou AN, Powis SJ. Arthritis Res Ther. 2008;10(4):R100. Epub 2008 Aug 29.
  • ERp57 interacts with conserved cysteine residues in the MHC class I peptide-binding groove. Antoniou AN, Santos SG, Campbell EC, Lynch S, Arosa FA, Powis SJ. FEBS Lett. 2007 May 15;581(10):1988-92. Epub 2007 Apr 24.
  • Major histocompatability complex class I-ERp57-tapasin interactions within the peptide-loading complex. Santos SG, Campbell EC, Lynch S, Wong V, Antoniou AN, Powis SJ. J Biol Chem. 2007 Jun 15;282(24):17587-93. Epub 2007 Apr 24.
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