Dr Sarah Gretton

Centre Director, Head of Pedagogy, Biology CoordinatorSarah portrait 2014 & Admissions Tutor

Email: sng8@le.ac.uk

Twitter: @LadySarahG




After graduating with a BSc Hons in Medical Microbiology from the University of Edinburgh, I worked at the Centre for Infectious Diseases at the University of Edinburgh on the Epstein–Barr virus before embarking on PhD on the cellular biology of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) at the MRC Virology Unit at the University of Glasgow. Upon completion of my doctorate I continued working on HCV as a research fellow at the University of Leeds.

I worked as sessional lecturer in Biological Sciences at Nottingham Trent University 2009/10 and joined the Genetic Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (GENIE) at the University of Leicester February 2010. I started working for the Centre for Interdisciplinary Science in May 2010. In addition to teaching in the Genetics Department and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Science I have worked on a number of educational projects (details below).

I initiated the Research Theme of Teaching and Learning to the College of Science and Engineering in November 2014 and became Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Science in June 2015.

Teaching Qualifications

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in Higher Education (PGCAPHE) (Distinction)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Teaching Awards


ModuleYear Group
Origins of Science First Year
Introduction to Biochemistry and Chemistry First Year
Ecology First Year
Astrobiology Second Year
Chemistry in Drug Design Second Year
Forensic Science Second Year
Biophysics, Physiology and Metabolism Second Year
Laboratory Science II Second Year
Advanced Study Second Year
Evolution Third Year
Molecular Cell Biology and Nanoscience Third Year
Electromagnetism and Cell Communication Third Year
Research Project III
Third Year
Laboratory Science III Third Year
Interdisciplinary Research Journal Third Year
Advanced Study Topic IV
Fourth Year
Research Project IV
Fourth Year

Research Interests & Projects

Administrative Duties

I am the Director of the Interdisciplinary Science Centre and its Natural Sciences degree programme and leader of the College of Science and Engineering's Research theme into Teaching and Learning. I am a member of the College Academic Committee and the College Research Committee and chair of the University's Education for Sustainable Development Forum.

Published Resources

Funding Awarded

  • Higher Education Academy Centre for Bioscience Departmental Teaching Enhancement Scheme 2011
  • University of Leicester Teaching Enhancement Fund Stream A 2013
  • University of Leicester Teaching Enhancement Fund Stream B 2013

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