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  1. Sarah Greenwood

Dr Sarah Greenwood


School of Health Sciences, Division of Nursing

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City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Sarah joined City University in December 2002 specialising in teaching bioscience and child health to undergraduate and postgraduate students of Health Sciences. Sarah is a developmental biologist and children's nurse, having previously attained her doctorate at the Institute of Child Health, University College London (UCL), and worked at St Mary's Hospital Paddington and Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital London.

Sarah began her career at Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital as a registered general nurse (RGN), and registered sick children's nurse (RSCN). Sarah worked with children in acute clinical practice for several years before undertaking a full time honours degree at UCL in anatomy and developmental biology. Sarah returned to children's nursing for a while, and was subsequently awarded a Science Development Initiative Fellowship to study for a doctorate in developmental biology at the Institute of Child Health, UCL, under the supervision of Professor Peter Thorogood.

Sarah's research focussed on the genetic and molecular profile of the developing choroid plexus in the context of syndromic craniosynostosis, a group of genetic syndromes primarily affecting human cranial development. As a post doc, Sarah was awarded a Bogue Research Fellowship, and travelled to the United States to research choroid plexus physiology at Brown University, Rhode Island. On return to the UK, Sarah took up her post as a lecturer in applied biological sciences and child health at City University London.


PhD (Child Health) ; PG Dip (Academic Practice) ; Bsc(Hons) ; RGN ; RSCN


- Student Voice Award Winner (School of Health Sciences) 2014 - 2015
- Nominee for excellence in Teaching Award (City University London) (2014)
- Bogue Research Fellowship (ICH) (2002)
- Science Development Initiative Fellowship (UCL) (1996)
- Ankier Cup for Clinical Nursing. (Great Ormond Street Hospital) (1990)

Memberships of professional bodies

- British Neuroscience Association


Research areas

- Developmental biology
- Paediatrics and child health



  1. Greenwood, S.L. (2010). Adaptation of appendix C: Laboratory and diagnostic tests. In Steggall, M. and Zelman, M. (Eds.), Introductory pathophysiology for nursing and healthcare professionals Harlow, UK: Pearson Custom Publishing ISBN 978-0-273-72386-8.

Journal Articles (5)

  1. Abbett, H. and Greenwood, S.L. (2012). Nursing Infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Time to Change Practice? Journal of Neonatal Nursing, 18(6), pp. 194–197.
  2. Greenwood, S.L., Swetloff, A., Wade, A., Terasaki, T. and Ferretti, P. (2008). FGF2 is expressed in human and murine embryonic choroid plexus and affects choroid plexus cell behaviour. Cerebrospinal Fluid Research, 5(20) . doi:10.1186/1743-8454-5-20.

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  3. Greenwood, S.L. (2006). Growth of choroid plexus epithelium vesicles in vitro depends on secretory activity. Journal of Cellular Physiology, 208(3), pp. 549–555. doi:10.1002/jcp.20687.
  4. Greenwood, S.L. and Ferretti, P. (2003). Differential expression of FGFRs in the developing murine choroid plexus. Developmental Brain Research, 141(1-2), pp. 15–24. doi:10.1016/S0165-3806(02)00635-1.
  5. Greenwood, S.L., Copp, A. and Ferretti, P. (2000). The effect of FGF-2 on developing choroid plexus in vitro. European Journal of Neuroscience, 12(Supplement 11), pp. 163–162.


Module Leader HS2231

Core Biological Principles Relating to Pathophysiology and Therapeutics in Children's Nursing (undergraduate)

Module Leader HSM232

Experiencing Acute Care, Diagnostics and Treatment
Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing Bioscience Module (child)

Contributing Lecturer HS1031

Understanding Concepts of Biology for Health
Undergraduate Bioscience Module (all fields)

Other Teaching Expertise

Anatomy and physiology of the well child
Pathophysiology and Child Health
Developmental Biology
Developmental Neurobiology

HS3061 Dissertation Module

Dissertation Supervisor

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