RC Harwell (IMPC) | UK

Dr Sara Wells is based at the Medical Research Council’s Harwell Institute in Oxfordshire in the UK. The Institute is at the international forefront of the use of mouse genetics to study the relationship between genes and disease. Since 2013, Sara has been the director of the Mary Lyon Centre – a large-scale mouse breeding and phenotyping facility with capacity for 55,000 mice at any one time in an SPF environment. The centre delivers mouse genetic services to the UK and International research community.


Sara holds a BSc in Genetics from the University of Sheffield and subsequently did a Ph.D. at the National Institute for Medical Research at Mill Hill in London, which focussed on The Expression of Neuroendocrine Genes in Transgenic Rats. Sara also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Management from the University of Northampton. Sara worked as a postdoctoral Scientist, Transgenic and Cryopreservation Unit Manager at the University of Bristol and subsequently held posts as Deputy Head of Transgenics and Mutagenesis, Scientific Manager and Head of Operations of the Mary Lyon Centre.


Sara is the Vice-president of LASA council UK, a member of the International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium (IMPC) Steering committee, the LASA representative for the Society of Biology Animal Science Group, an AWERB co-ordinator for Harwell and a member of two other Institutional ethical review committees, a member of the Royal Society of Biology Animal Sciences Group, , chair of a FELASA/EFPIA/ESLAV task force sub-group for GA animals, a Trustee of the College of Laboratory Animal Science and Technology (CLAST) and a member of the Council of Management for Laboratory Animals Limited.