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Dr Sandra M Fulton

College position(s)

Fellow, Director of Studies, Tutor


Natural Sciences (Physical and Biological)

Degrees, Awards and Prizes

BSc, PhD (Edinburgh)

Research Themes

My research career began in Edinburgh working on meiotic aneuploidy. This led to a position in Oxford working on transposable elements in yeast, where I gained experience in molecular biology. I went on to work with Professor Kevin Brindle, firstly in Oxford, then Manchester and finally in the Department of Biochemistry in Cambridge, on the Application of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy to Biology and Medicine.


I have supervised Girton students in Biology of Cells and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in first and second year respectively and have also taught biochemistry to first year medical students. At Girton we appreciate the importance of supporting students in the transition from school to university and have an active programme of events to help students (Thrive at Girton). I also give the introductory lecture for all first year Biological Natural Scientists in the university.


I have been at Girton College since 1999, when I was appointed as a College Teaching Officer. I enjoy being in this strong academic community with its friendly and supportive atmosphere. I have been a Director of Studies since 1999 and was Admissions Tutor from 2004 -2013. I was Senior Tutor from 2014 to 2022 and have served on various University and intercollegiate committees. Along with other fellows I help run the annual Science Communication Prize in College.

I am Assistant Director of Teaching in Biochemistry and coordinate teaching in all 4 years. I was honoured to be awarded a Pilkington Prize for excellence in teaching in 2016. In the School of Biological Sciences I am Director of Education for Biological Sciences and the Psychology and Behavourial Sciences Tripos.