Dr Sara Kirvell

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Postgraduate Medical Institute

Faculty:Faculty of Medical Science

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Neuroscience

Since joining the cell and molecular biology lab Sara has been involved in molecular diagnostic research in the development of molecular assays for the diagnosis of fungal, bacterial and viral infections in a clinical setting.

Email: sara.kirvell@anglia.ac.uk


Prior to joining ARU in 2013 Dr Sara Kirvell’s experience was in the field of neuroscience, specifically investigating the neurochemistry of a number of dementias, including Alzheimer’s disease and dementia with Lewy bodies.

Research interests

  • Molecular biology
  • Cancer
  • Neuropharmacology of dementia


  • PhD, Neuropharmacology, GKT School of Biomedical Sciences, Kings College London
  • BSc (Hons) Biology, University of Portsmouth

Selected recent publications

Bustin, S., Dhillon, H., Kirvell, S., Greenwood, C., Shipley, G. L. and Nolan, T. (2015). Variability of the reverse transcription step: practical implications. Clinical Chemistry, 16:1.

Kirvell, S. L., Elliott, M. S., Kalaria, R. N., Hortobagyi, T., Ballard, C. G and Francis, P. T. (2010). Vesicular Glutamate Transporter and Cognition in Stroke.  Neurology 75:1803-1809.