Sarah Sandford

PhD Candidate
University of Melbourne
University of Melbourne
Communications Officer
SPASIM, University of Melbourne
Pride in Action Network, University of Melbourne

Melbourne, VIC

Contact me for

  • Mentoring
  • Sitting on boards or committees
  • Outreach activities
  • Conference presenting


I'm a PhD Candidate at the University of Melbourne, researching how the gut immune system responds to viral infection. I have a background in Microbiology and Immunology, with a BBiomedSc(Hons) from Otago University. Originally from NZ, I moved to Melbourne in 2018 to begin my PhD studies.

As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, I am passionate about diversity in STEM. Growing up and throughout my previous education, I had very few LGBTQIA+ role models. Therefore,  gender equity and LGBTQIA+ representation in STEM are extremely important issues for me and I aspire to be a role model for others.

In my spare time I love getting outdoors and hiking!

Sarah identifies as lgbtqia+.