• Easter Bush, Roslin Institute Building

    EH25 9RG Midlothian

    United Kingdom


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Personal profile


I am a module leader and lecturer on the Applied Animal Science course and have recently completed the postgraduate certificate in Tertiary & Higher Education. I am motivated to improve accessibility of online blended learning and as a digital mentor I am very happy to share what I've learnt about the technology we use to enhance teaching activities. I am also a member of the SRUC academic board and am interested to hear about any ways we can improve our work.

Supervision: I have experience supervising Honours, Masters and mentoring PhD students from a wide range of courses. 

Research interests

I am interested and have experience in molecular microbiology, physiology and immunology. I have experience validating and developing novel assays including ELISAs, fluorescent microsphere immunoassays (FMAI) and PCRs. I have particular interest in parasites and their impacts on animals, bacteriophage therapy and the functioning and mechanisms of the placenta. I am committed to reproducible and open science and am continually trying to improve the sustainability of work within the laboratory. I helped set up and managed to Biomarkers Lab, which facilitates laboratory-based research for SRUC staff and students as well as external clients.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Edinburgh

31 Mar 200810 Jul 2011

Award Date: 4 Nov 2011

Bachelor, University of Edinburgh

1 Sep 20025 May 2006

Award Date: 5 May 2006


  • Q Science (General)
  • Molecular biology
  • Assay development
  • Fluorescent Microsphere immunoassay (FMIA)
  • PCR
  • Data Analysis
  • QL Zoology
  • Biological Sampling
  • Animal Physiology
  • Animal welfare
  • Parasitology
  • QR180 Immunology
  • Assay development & Validation
  • LB2300 Higher Education
  • e-learning
  • blended learning
  • postgraduate certificate
  • accessibility

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Research Output

Development and validation of a multiplex fluorescent microsphere immunoassay assay for detection of porcine cytokines

Hall, SA., Ison, SH., Owles, C., Coe, J., Sandercock, DA. & Zanella, AJ., 17 May 2019, In : MethodsX. 6, p. 1218-1227 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 28 Downloads (Pure)

    Periparturient behavior and physiology: further insight into the farrowing process for primiparous and multiparous sows

    Ison, SH., Jarvis, S., Hall, SA., Ashworth, CJ. & Rutherford, KMD., 12 Jun 2018, In : Frontiers in Veterinary Science. 5, 122, 15 p., 122.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    6 Downloads (Pure)

    Effect of intra-articular administration of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) for MRI assessment of the cartilage barrier in a large animal model

    Labens, R., Daniel, C., Hall, S., Xia, X-R. & Schwartz, T., 29 Dec 2017, In : PLoS ONE. 12, 12, p. 1 - 2 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 5 Citations (Scopus)
    6 Downloads (Pure)

    Positive and negative gestational handling influences placental traits and mother-offspring behavior in dairy goats

    Baxter, EM., Mulligan, J., Hall, SA., Donbavand, JE., Palme, R., Aldujaili, E., Zanella, AJ. & Dwyer, CM., 2016, In : Physiology and Behavior. 157, p. 129 - 138

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 10 Citations (Scopus)
    24 Downloads (Pure)

    Validation of lameness and joint inflammatory response biomarkers in growing pigs

    Stavrakakis, S., Sandercock, DA., Watt, FE., Paterson, EF., Hall, SA., Coe, JE., Kelly, S., Edwards, SA. & Guy, JH., Jun 2016.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract



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    Genome Science 2019

    Sarah Hall (Participant)

    3 Sep 20195 Sep 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...