Dr Sara Kirvell

Research Fellow

Medical Technology Research Centre

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:School of Medicine

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Molecular techniques

Research Supervision:Yes

Sara is a research fellow in the Molecular Diagnostics Unit of the Medical Technology Research Centre. Her research focuses on developing molecular techniques for diagnostic uses.



Sara obtained her PhD in Neurochemistry at King’s College London. Her research aims to develop sensitive, robust and specific assays for the early diagnosis of clinically relevant pathogens and has been involved in the development of several tests for invasive fungal infections which are now commercially available.

Research interests

  • Molecular diagnostics
  • Nucleic acid quantification
  • Invasive fungal infections


  • BSc Biology, University of Portsmouth
  • PhD Neurochemistry, King’s College London

Selected recent publications

Greenwood, C., Ruff, D., Kirvell, S., Johnson, G., Dhillon, H.S., and Bustin, S. (2015). Proximity assays for sensitive quantification of proteins. Biomolecular detection and Quantification. 4:10-16

Bustin, S., Dhillon, H. S., Kirvell, S., Greenwood, C., Parker, M., Shipley, G. L. and Nolan, T. (2014). Variability of the reverse transcription step: practical implications.  Clin Chem. 2015; 61(1):202-12 Clin chem. Epub