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Dr Sarah McLusky

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Project Manager (Life of Breath) in the Department of Anthropology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 48142
Project Manager (Life of Breath) in the Centre for Medical Humanities
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 48142
Room number: CA123,Caedmon Building,St Hild and Bede College,Durham

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I am currently Manager of the Institute for Medical Humanities and project manager for the Wellcome funded Life of Breath project, specialising in engaged research, public engagement and research communications.

I have been working in public engagement, outreach and education since 1999. Previous roles have included managing education and engagement programmes for the Royal Society of Chemistry (2014-15), SETPOINT North East, University of Teesside (2002-06) and Life Science Centre (2000-02).

I also spent 8 years working freelance (trading as Sparks Education 2006-2014). Freelance projects included managing the Young People’s Programme at the British Science Festival 2013 in Newcastle and running Big Bang North East (2011-2013).

From 2006-2013 I was a lecturer in Biochemistry and Science in Society, and supervisor for BSc Honours dissertations at Newcastle College. My academic background is in plant biochemistry and I have a BSc from Edinburgh University and PhD from Imperial College, Wye Campus, as well as Cert Ed (Lifelong Learning).

Research Interests

  • Engaged Research
  • Public Engagement
  • Research Communications
  • Event Management

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  • McLusky, S.R., Bennett, M.H., Beale, M.H., Lewis, M.J., Gaskin, P. & Mansfield, J.W. (1999). Cell wall alterations and localized accumulation of feruloyl-3′-methoxytyramine in onion epidermis at sites of attempted penetration by Botrytis allii are associated with actin polarisation, peroxidase activity and suppression of flavonoid biosynthesis. The Plant Journal 17(5): 523-534.

Newspaper/Magazine Article

  • McLusky, S (2014). Making the Right Moves. Science in School (28): 46-49.
  • McLusky, S., Malagrida, R. & Valverde, L. (2013). The genetics of obesity: a lab activity. Science in School (26): 25-31.


  • McLusky, S. & Sessa, R. (2015). Making it count: increasing the impact of climate change and food security education programmes. Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.

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