Sandra gained her BSc from the University of Leeds and her PhD from the University of Liverpool. She returned to Leeds for her first doctoral position, where her ongoing research into ageing and the heart began. This developed during her senior doctoral position, funded as principal investigator by the BHF, followed by a Lectureship in Physiology. Sandra was appointed to a Lectureship in Biomedical Science at Hull in 2007. She is also a member of the Centre for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research at Hull York Medical School. Her research concerns the causes of cardiac dysfunction, particularly in association with ageing.
Conferences co-organized; 2016 British Society for Cardiovascular Research at the University of Leeds, 2014 Physiological Society Inaugural H3 symposium London, 2011 Northern Cardiac Research Group, at the University of Hull, 2009 British Society for Research on Ageing, University of Manchester.
Invited speaker; 2015 University of Florida, Gainesville, 'Ageing to Arrhythmias: Conundrums of Connections in the Ageing Heart'.
2014 Physiological Society Inaugural H3 Symposium, London, 'Stem Cells and the Heart: Where Do the Future Therapies Lie for Cardiac Regeneration?
2020 Symposium 'T-tubules as regulators of heart rhythm and function’ Organiser and Chair at the Joint meeting SCHCF + ALACF (Sociedad Chilena de Ciencias Fisiológicas + Asociación Latinoamericana de Ciencias Fisiológicas) in Chile
Sandra is a Fellow of The Physiological Society (awarded 2018) and additionally the Society's representative at the University of Hull https://www.physoc.org/.
In 2020 Sandra was elected as a Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA) via the Basic Cardiovascular Science committee, in recognition of my leadership, scientific and professional accomplishments.