Sarah French

Sarah was able to pursue her interest in genetics as part of her undergraduate degree, completing a clinical diagnostics research project focused on leukaemia in her third year. It was this experience that inspired Sarah to stay at Sheffield to study MSc Human and Molecular Genetics and since graduating, Sarah has joined the NHS Scientist Training Programme.

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Degree: BSc Biochemistry and Genetics

Now: NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP) Genomics, The Sheffield Children's Hospital

"When deciding what course to do at university, I knew I wanted to study life sciences but I was unsure of what particular area to explore. This was why the Molecular Biology and Biotechnology department at Sheffield was a great choice for me as it has an incredibly flexible undergraduate course structure. During first year, we were given a broad insight to many aspects, from microbiology to molecular biology. This enabled me to fine tune my module choices to my interests as I progressed throughout the course, as a result, I graduated with a Biochemistry and Genetics degree.

"Additionally, the undergraduate courses have a brilliant practical component. From first year, undergraduates have weekly laboratory sessions which complement the lecture series. I found this hands-on approach very engaging. This early commitment to equipping students with technical skills transferable to any research setting is what also attracted me to the department.


I am so grateful for the opportunities that were available to me within the Molecular Biology and Biotechnology department. These have allowed me to pursue my desired career path but more importantly continue to positively contribute to the progression of public health care.

Sarah French

BSc Biochemistry and Genetics


"As a part of my degree, I was able to pursue my interest in genetics and take on a clinical diagnostics research project focused on leukaemia. This gave me the opportunity to be trained and to become competent in both conventional and molecular cytogenetics diagnostic techniques used in the NHS. It was this experience that encouraged me apply for the Human and Molecular Genetics MSc. The lectures within the masters programme gave me an in-depth understanding of the ever-accelerating interplay between genetics and medicine. Whilst, the clinical research project gave me the opportunity to see this first-hand.

"The practical training offered was to such a high quality that I was deemed competent by the standards of the NHS and selected to take on a 10-week placement with the pre-karyotyping oncology team at Sheffield’s Children’s Hospital. The placement allowed me to apply the skills learnt, as both an undergraduate and postgraduate, to positively impact patient outcomes. This invaluable professional experience in clinical genetics was essential to my success in being offered a place on the prestigious NHS Scientist Training Programme in genomics.

"I am so grateful for the opportunities that were available to me within the Molecular Biology and Biotechnology department. These have allowed me to pursue my desired career path but more importantly continue to positively contribute to the progression of public health care."

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