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 effects of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy on adipokines, inflammation, and oxidative stress in patients with impaired glucose homeostasis. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases
  2. & Acyl-ghrelin mediated lipid retention and inflammation in obesity-related Type 2 diabetes. Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology 481, 8-13.
  3. & 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.
  4. & Bariatric Surgery Is Accompanied by Changes in Extracellular Vesicle-Associated and Plasma Fatty Acid Binding Protein 4. Obesity Surgery
  5. & 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.

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  • PM-304 Biomolecular Research Project


  • PM-315C Dadansoddiad Geneteg III

    Amcan y modiwl yw datblygu gallu'r myfyriwr i ddadansoddi'n feirniadol a syntheseiddio pynciau ymchwil uwch ym maes geneteg a bioleg foleciwlaidd, ac i feithrin eu sgiliau cyflwyno gwyddonol llafar ac ysgrifenedig.

  • PM-344 Capstone Project

    The aim of this module is to provide a capstone experience to students┬┐ learning, through participating in their own enquiry-based research project. Depending on the student's employability strand within the programme, the project may be laboratory, data, or education-based, but it will always involve a research question that is drawn from the literature, focused on a topic relevant to medical science. It will ask a novel research question and involve the critical analysis of research findings. Students will refine their oral and written communication skills to a graduate level through creating an introductory presentation on the project background, and a written dissertation and oral presentation on their research conclusions.

  • 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.



    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Daniel Obaid
    Other supervisor: Prof Jeffrey Stephens
  • '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