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Dr Sarah Withers (PhD, BSc (hons)) - personal details

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Dr Sarah Withers

Role: Research Associate


Cardiovascular Research Group
Division of Cardiovascular and Endocrine Sciences
Core Technology Facility (3rd floor)
46 Grafton Street
The University of Manchester
M13 9NT

Telephone: +44 (0)161 275 1229 (Write up area)




I was awarded my BSc (Hons) Pharmacology in Sheffield in 2001, during which time I had spent a summer internship with Dr Cathy Holt working in the cardiac sciences department based at the Northern General Hospital site at the University of Sheffield. Following which I was offered a PhD, with a relocation of the Holt group to manchester, during which I investigated the pathways of apoptosis following dysregulation of the proto-oncogene c-myb.

My PhD was awarded in 2005, following which i spent 9 months working within the Neyses lab developing assays to assess the level of Calcium-ATPase activity in erythrocyte ghosts.  As my main interest resided in cardiovascular science, my current position, with Prof AM Heagerty, allowed me to move into a more physiological based project with the benefit of developing my technique profile. My day-to-day work is currently using the pressure and wire myograph system to understand the response of arteries to changes in pressure and agonist stimulation respectively. My current project is based on the role of perivascular adipose tissue on vascular contractility and how it is influenced by obesity, the metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes.

Memberships of Committees and Professional Bodies

BSCR Member

AHA Early career member

Affiliate member of the Physiological Society

GM committee representative


BSc Pharmacology (Hons)

PhD Molecular Medicine


I'm currently working as a post-doctoral researcher in the Cardiovascular Research group at the University of Manchester for Professor Heagerty.