Sarah Bray


  • 373 Citations
  • 7 h-Index
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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 helped to establish & develop the ROSA, including ongoing facilitatation of consumer & community involvement in ROSA and coordination of consumer engagement activities.

ROSA has been 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 provides a unique data resource that allows 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

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


  • Q Science (General)
  • Molecular Biology
  • Ancient DNA
  • Cancer Biology
  • Science Communication
  • Science Outreach/Engagement
  • Research Management
  • Research Administration
  • Healthy Ageing
  • ROSA
  • Registry of Older South Australians

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Research Output 2008 2019

  • 373 Citations
  • 7 h-Index
  • 10 Article
  • 1 Letter

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

3 Citations (Scopus)

Rare variants in Fanconi anemia genes are enriched in acute myeloid leukemia

Maung, K. Z. Y., Leo, P. J., Bassal, M., Casolari, D. A., Gray, J. X., Bray, S. C., Pederson, S., Singhal, D., Samaraweera, S. E., Nguyen, T., Cildir, G., Marshall, M., Ewing, A., Duncan, E. L., Brown, M. A., Saal, R., Tergaonkar, V., To, L. B., Marlton, P., Gill, D. & 5 othersLewis, I., Deans, A. J., Brown, A. L., D'Andrea, R. J. & Gonda, T. J., 1 Jun 2018, In : Blood cancer journal. 8, 6, 50.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

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: Contribution to journalArticle

8 Citations (Scopus)

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., 30 Nov 2017, In : Haematologica. 102, 12, p. e506-e509

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

12 Citations (Scopus)

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

Mitchell, K. J., Bray, S., 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: Contribution to journalArticle


SAHMRI Community Engagement Award

Sarah Bray (Recipient), 13 Dec 2019


SAHMRI Research Translation Award

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