Associate Professor Sarah Richardson completed her PhD at the University of Sheffield in Cellular Biology, which sparked her passion to understand how and why cells in certain diseases die inappropriately. Her postdoctoral work was in the field of apoptosis based at both the University of Sheffield and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne. She moved to the University of Exeter in 2006 to focus on research into the pathology of Type 1 Diabetes. She is currently a JDRF Career Development Award Fellow/ Lecturer in the University of Exeter Medical School.

Q. What does a “day in the life of” look like for you?
A. It begins with an early start with my two young girls, a beautiful drive from the South Hams then a cycle through the park to the RILD building. Once I arrive, the real work begins! I spend much of my time in the office these days, supporting colleagues and postgraduate students, planning experiments and grants and managing our many collaborative projects. However, I love nothing more than an opportunity to put my white, green or blue lab coat on – depending on what I am doing and getting stuck into some lab work!

Q. What made you want to work in your current job?
A. I love puzzles and for those who know me, my mindmaps of how I see projects progressing and how I link ideas are somewhat infamous! In addition, this job gives me so many opportunities to meet and work with wonderful people, both in the building and around the world.

Q. When you’re not working, what do you like to do for fun?
A. Exploring the beaches, rivers (in our Canadian Canoe), campsites (those that allow proper camping with a fire) and cycle routes in South Devon and Cornwall with my husband, Ben, and our two girls, Molly and Meredith.