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Dr Sarah Prior

Dr Sarah Prior

Senior Lecturer, Medicine

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 602741

Email address

Research Links

Office - 122
Ground Floor
Grove Building
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Dr Sarah Prior is a Senior Lecturer within the Diabetes Research Group in Swansea University Medical School. She gained her PhD in 2006 specialising in mitochondrial genetics of cancer, however since then has worked in the field of diabetes research. Dr Prior joined the Diabetes Research Group in 2007, where her research has focused on investigating the links between Type 2 diabetes and obesity, and their associated comorbidities. The Diabetes Group now has its own unit based in the Grove Building and their research sits within the “Biomarkers and Genes” theme. Dr Prior focusses on Type 2 diabetes associated-obesity and the identification of molecular biomarkers for the association with specific cardiovascular comorbidities, as well as having a keen interest in bariatric surgery and weight loss.  

Aside from Type 2 diabetes research, Dr Prior also collaborates in the field of retinopathy and the mechanisms behind its progression. 

Areas Of Expertise

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Bariatric surgery
  • Incretin hormones
  • Oxidative stress
  • Gene expression analysis
  • Biomarkers

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests
MSc Diabetes Practice

Dr Prior teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including the Genetics, Medical Genetics and Biochemistry BSc degree schemes and several modules on the Graduate Entry Medical Degree. However, she is most noted for being co-programme director for the MSc Diabetes Practice postgraduate course.  


Dr Prior’s main area of research is Type 2 diabetes and its co-morbidities, covering topics such as obesity, cardiovascular risk factors and ways to reduce diabetes progression. Dr Prior has a particular interest in bariatric surgery and the associated gut hormones that can affect glycaemic homeostasis. Future studies will focus on levels of gut hormones within obesity and prediabetes populations in collaboration with other academic institutions and the NHS.

Award Highlights

The MSc Diabetes Practice course was a finalist in  

  • NHS Wales Awards in the category of ‘Promoting Clinical Research & Application to Practice Award’ 2018 
  • Diabetes Professional Conference Innovation Award 2018 
  • Diabetes Professional Conference HCP Education Programme of the Year 2019