Sarah Bray


  • 250 Citations
  • 5 h-Index

Personal profile

Public Profile

I have a wide interest in science, health and fitness and am also passionate about science engagement with the wider community. I have worked on a diverse range of projects over my career so far, from medical research projects in cancer biology (leukaemia and rare blood disorders) and tropical infectious disease research for a biotech company, to my PhD project wrangling ancient DNA from extinct bears!

My background and experience in working in such a diverse range of research areas as a scientist and research admin/manager has given me the ability to understand and interpret complex scientific and medical information, and to communicate the research in meaningful ways to different audiences.

In my current role at SAHMRI, I am helping to establish & develop the Registry of Older South Australians (ROSA), including facilitating consumer & community involvement in ROSA and coordination of consumer engagement activities.

ROSA is being established by the Healthy Ageing Research Consortium – a cross-sectoral partnership of researchers, clinicians, aged care providers and consumer advocacy groups. ROSA is designed to monitor the health, service utilisation, medication use, mortality, and other outcomes of people receiving aged care services in South Australia. ROSA’s efficient model leverages existing information, bringing together diverse datasets already collected by different organisations throughout the country, to provide us with a whole picture of the ageing pathway. Supported by the South Australian Government through the Premier’s Research and Industry Fund, this ambitious undertaking will provide a unique data resource that will allow evidence-driven decision-making to improve the lives of all South Australians accessing aged care services.

Education / Academic qualification

PhD, University of Adelaide


Bachelor's Degree (Honours), University of New South Wales


External positions

Affiliate Lecturer, Adelaide Medical School, Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences, University of Adelaide

1 Jan 201831 Dec 2020

Adjunct postodoctoral researcher, Centre for Cancer Biology, University of South Australia and SA Pathology, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.

1 Jan 201731 Dec 2017

Affiliate Lecturer, Discipline of Medicine, School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Adelaide

1 Jan 201431 Dec 2017


  • Q Science (General)
  • Molecular Biology
  • Ancient DNA
  • Cancer Biology
  • Science Communication
  • Science Outreach/Engagement
  • Research Management
  • Research Administration

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Research Output 2008 2017

  • 250 Citations
  • 5 h-Index
  • 9 Article
  • 1 Comment/debate

A novel, somatic, transforming mutation in the extracellular domain of Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor identified in myeloproliferative neoplasm

Casolari, D. A., Nguyen, T., Butcher, C. M., Iarossi, D. G., Hahn, C. N., Bray, S. C., Neufing, P. J., Parker, W. T., Feng, J., Maung, K. Z. Y., Wee, A., Vidovic, L., Kok, C. H., Bardy, P. G., Branford, S., Lewis, I. D., Lane, S. W., Scott, H. S., Ross, D. M. & D'Andrea, R. J. 1 Dec 2017 In : Scientific Reports. 7, 1, 2467

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Self-reverting mutations partially correct the blood phenotype in a Diamond Blackfan Anemia patient

Venugopal, P., Moore, S., Lawrence, D. M., George, A. J., Hannan, R. D., Bray, S. C. E., To, L. B., D’Andrea, R. J., Feng, J., Tirimacco, A., Yeoman, A. L., Young, C. C., Fine, M., Schreiber, A. W., Hahn, C. N., Barnett, C., Saxon, B. & Scott, H. S. 30 Nov 2017 In : Haematologica. 102, 12, p. e506-e509

Research output: Research - peer-reviewComment/debate

Self-reverting mutations partially correct the blood phenotype in a Diamond Blackfan Anemia patient.

Venugopal, P., Moore, S., Lawrence, D., George, A., Hannan, R., Bray, S., To, L. B., D'Andrea, R., Feng, J., Tirimacco, A., Yeoman, A., Young, C. C., Fine, M., Schreiber, A., Hanh, C., Barnett, C., Saxon, B. & Scott, H. 29 Sep 2017 In : Haematologica.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

1 Citations

Ancient mitochondrial DNA reveals convergent evolution of giant short-faced bears (Tremarctinae) in North and South America

Mitchell, K. J., Bray, S. C., Bover, P., Soibelzon, L., Schubert, B. W., Prevosti, F., Prieto, A., Martin, F., Austin, J. J. & Cooper, A. 1 Apr 2016 In : Biology Letters. 12, 4, 20160062

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

13 Citations

Synergistic roles of climate warming and human occupation in Patagonian megafaunal extinctions during the Last Deglaciation

Metcalf, J. L. , Turney, C. , Barnett, R. , Martin, F. , Bray, S. C. , Vilstrup, J. T. , Orlando, L. , Salas-Gismondi, R. , Loponte, D. , Medina, M. , De Nigris, M. , Civalero, T. , Fernández, P. M. , Gasco, A. , Duran, V. , Seymour, K. L. , Otaola, C. , Gil, A. , Paunero, R. , Prevosti, F. J. & 5 others Bradshaw, C. J. A., Wheeler, J. C., Borrero, L., Austin, J. J. & Cooper, A. 1 Jun 2016 In : Science advances. 2, 6, p. e1501682

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle