Dr Sarah Prior
Senior Lecturer
Telephone: (01792) 602741
Room: Office - 122
Ground Floor
Grove Building
Singleton Campus

I gained my PhD in 2006 specialising in mitochondrial genetics of cancer, however since then has worked in the field of diabetes research. I joined the Diabetes Research Group in 2007, where my 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 our research sits with the College “Biomarkers and Genes” Theme. I focus on Type 2 diabetes associated-obesity and the identification of molecular biomarkers for the association with specific cardiovascular comorbidities as well as having interests in bariatric surgery and weight loss. Aside from Type 2 diabetes research, I also collaborate in the field of retinopathy and the mechanisms behind its progression. I am a Senior Lecturer in Diabetes and teach on the Genetics and Medical Genetics BSc degree schemes in the Medical School, as well as contributing to Sports Science BSc degree (College of Engineering) and several modules on the Graduate Entry Medical Degree scheme. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Diabetes
  • Oxidative stress
  • Obesity
  • biomarker
  • Gene variant


  1. & Temporal Effect of Bariatric Surgery on Predicted 10-Year and Lifetime Cardiovascular Risk at 1 Month, 6 Months, and 5 Years Following Surgery: A Pilot Study. Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders 15(3), 130-136.
  2. & Bariatric Surgery Is Accompanied by Changes in Extracellular Vesicle-Associated and Plasma Fatty Acid Binding Protein 4. Obesity Surgery
  3. & Gene-Environment Interaction and Oxidative Stress in Cardiovascular Disease. In Philip Peplow, James Adams, Tim Young (Ed.), Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease - Scientific Discoveries and New Therapies. (pp. 160-185). Cambridge: Royal Society of Chemistry.
  4. & Temporal changes in plasma markers of oxidative stress following laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy in subjects with impaired glucose regulation. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases
  5. & The -765G>C Cyclooxygenase-2 Promoter Polymorphism is associated with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, Low High-density Lipoprotein and Manifest Angina. Journal of Diabetes & Metabolism 7(7)

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  • PM-300 Medical Genetics

    The course is designed to provide an advanced study of the identification of human genes and the determination of the influence of human genes upon disease and health status. Gene identification provides targets for the development of new pharmaceuticals and the range of variation present in the population.

  • PM-304 Biomolecular Research Project


  • PM-315 Genetic Analysis III

    The module aims to develop the student¿s ability to critically analyse and synthesise advanced research topics in genetics and molecular biology, and their oral and written scientific presentation skills.

  • PM-347 Human Immunopathology

    The module aims to provide students with a greater understanding of the human immune system and the causes of a range of diseases associated with immune dysfunction including autoimmune diseases, metabolic disorders and neurological conditions.

  • PMDM06 Diabetes Situations

    This optional module will investigate the situations in which there are a need for specialised diabetes planning, treatment and care. It will highlight the areas of care that require specific and considered practice such as inpatient care, elderly/infirm patients and care in the community. It will also explore future treatment situations such as transplantation, therapies and possible cures. The module will be delivered online via distance learning, with online assessments.

  • PMDM07 Dissertation (Research/Audit)

    This module will comprise of a written dissertation of either a research project or audit. The piece will need to demonstrate independent learning and critical thinking to explore and add to the evidence base for a topic of relevance to their area of interest within the field of diabetes.


  • 'Metabolic effects of bovine colostrum supplementation in people with normal and dysregulated glucose control (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Richard Bracken
  • 'Acyl-ghrelin mediated lipid retention and inflammation within in vitro and ex vivo adipose depots' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Jeffrey Stephens
    Other supervisor: Dr Jeffrey Davies