Sarah is a lecturer in oral microbiology at the University of Birmingham. She joined the School of Dentistry in October 2016 to start the oral microbiology research group, which she is leading.
Sarah has a first degree in Biotechnology from the Technical University Berlin (Germany) and an Msc in Biotechnology from the Ecole Superieure de Biotechnologie de Strasbourg (France). She received her PhD from the University of Nottingham, where she studied posttranscriptional regulation and quorum sensing in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. She then moved to the Clostrdia Research Group at Nottingham University and worked on the molecular basis of virulence factors of Clostridium difficile. During this time she also worked on the human microbiome and a range of intervention strategies to prevent, detect and cure C. difficile disease.
Since arriving at Birmingham (in 2016) Sarah has continued to work on the communication between bacteria and bacteria-host interactions, studying phenomena like production and sensing of signal molecules (quorum sensing), but also metabolism, sharing of resources, competition and cooperation. Within the oral flora she is particularly interested in Fusobacterium nucleatum and its role in health and disease. Her group uses a combination of molecular tools, imaging, metagenomics and metabolomics aiming to elucidate mechanisms of disease-associated biofilm formation in periodontal (and other) disease.