Sarah Atkinson


Sarah began her study of Chemistry in 2011 at the University of Leeds, and graduated with a 2:1 in Medicinal Chemistry (MChem) in July 2015.

She is now in the final year of her Chemical Biology PhD working under the supervison of Prof Paul Taylor and Dr Michael Webb and funded by the University of Leeds 110 Anniversary scholarship in partnership with Valirx Plc. She is also involved in undergraduate teaching through her work in Priestley Laboratory and her help in the running of a bioassay practical performed by second year medicinal chemistry and biotechnology students.

Outside of her university life, Sarah is a part-time fitness instructor and enjoys baking, cake decoration and costume and prop making.

Research interests

Sarah is currently studying the effects of retrotransposable DNA elements on the human genome and proteome through both computational and practical methods.

Her studies cover a range of techniques including DNA cloning, protein expresison (E.coli) and purification and protein-ligand binding teachniques such as fluorescence anisotropy (FA) and isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC).


  • Medicinal Chemistry BSc
  • Medicinal Chemistry MChem