Sarah Bray

Dr, PhD

  • 414 Citations
  • 8 h-Index

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Dr Sarah Bray is an experienced postdoctoral researcher and project manager, passionate about science engagement with the wider community. Dr Bray has worked on a diverse range of projects over her career, from medical research in cancer biology (leukaemia and rare blood disorders) and tropical infectious disease and bacteriophage research, to her PhD project wrangling ancient DNA from extinct bears.


In her current role at SAHMRI, Dr Bray helped to establish and develop the Registry of Senior Australians (ROSA), including coordinating the complex ethics and governance requirements for this ambitious national ‘Big Data’ resource that linked the health and aged care sectors with the aim of improving the lives of all Australians using aged care. She also coordinates the consumer and community engagement activities for ROSA.


Over the last decade, Dr Bray’s roles have shifted from laboratory-based positions to project management and high-level research support, including facilitating the ethics and research governance requirements for a large number of complex national research projects, providing executive support and various contributions to a range of committees, as well as assisting with the writing of competitive grant applications, scientific journal articles, and conference presentations. Dr Bray’s background and experience in working in such a diverse range of research areas as a scientist and research admin/manager has given her the ability to understand and interpret complex scientific and medical information, and to build rapport and communicate the research in meaningful ways to different audiences, from high-level boardroom settings, to traditional academic scenarios, to public forums such as school classrooms.


Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Adelaide


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


External positions

Affiliate Lecturer, Adelaide Medical School

1 Jan 201831 Dec 2020

Adjunct Research Fellow (Level B), Centre for Cancer Biology, University of South Australia and SA Pathology, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.

1 Jan 201712 Feb 2021

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

1 Jan 201431 Dec 2017


  • Research Management
  • Research Administration
  • Science Communication
  • Science Outreach/Engagement
  • Project Management
  • Ethics and Governance
  • ROSA
  • Registry of Senior Australians
  • Aged Care
  • Molecular Biology

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Research Output

  • 414 Citations
  • 8 h-Index
  • 14 Article
  • 1 Letter

Efficacy of combined CDK9/BET inhibition in preclinical models of MLL-rearranged acute leukemia

McCalmont, H., Li, K. L., Jones, L., Toubia, J., Bray, S. C., Casolari, D. A., Mayoh, C., Samaraweera, S. E., Lewis, I. D., Prinjha, R. K., Smithers, N., Wang, S., Lock, R. B. & D'Andrea, R. J., 28 Jan 2020, In : Blood Advances. 4, 2, p. 296-300 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)

Registry of Older South Australians (ROSA): Framework and plan

Inacio, M., Bray, S. C. E., Whitehead, C., Corlis, M., Visvanathan, R., Evans, K., Griffith, E. C. & Wesselingh, S., 1 Jun 2019, In : BMJ open. 9, 6, e026319.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
8 Citations (Scopus)


Registry of Senior Australians (ROSA) - Integrating ‘Big Data’ from the health and aged care sectors to provide better outcomes for older people in Australia.

Steven Wesselingh (Recipient), Maria Inacio (Recipient), Sarah Catherine Elizabeth Bray (Recipient), Catherine Lang (Recipient), Liddy Griffith (Recipient), Craig Whitehead (Recipient), Renuka Visvanathan (Recipient), Megan Corlis (Recipient), Keith Evans (Recipient), Marilyn von Thien (Recipient) & Penelope Lello (Recipient), 17 Jan 2020


SAHMRI Research Translation Award

Maria Inacio (Recipient), Sarah Catherine Elizabeth Bray (Recipient), Catherine Lang (Recipient), Jyoti Khadka (Recipient), Robert Jorissen (Recipient), Max Moldovan (Recipient), Azmeraw T Amare (Recipient), Janet Sluggett (Recipient), Monica Cations (Recipient), Gillian Caughey (Recipient) & Tiffany Gill (Recipient), 13 Dec 2019