Sarah Gilbert

Sarah Gilbert is a principal scientist at the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC), a centre of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

After studying Microbiology and Virology at the University of Warwick Sarah began working at NIBSC in 1998 within the Centre for AIDS reagents, first as a scientist and later as project manager. Sarah has been the project manager for the repository for 13 years. Throughout this time she has accredited the repository to ISO9001. As a certified IATA (International Air Transport Association) shipper Sarah has significant expertise in the logistics of biological materials worldwide.

The Centre for AIDS reagents, which sits within the division of Virology at NIBSC, is a repository of research reagents designed to support HIV Vaccine and prevention research. The aims of the repository are to acquire, store and supply reagents that facilitate research into HIV/AIDS, particularly vaccine development and prevention of transmission. The repository expedites collaborations between research groups and has a particular interest in supporting science in resource poor settings. Protection of intellectual property is of particular interest to Sarah and the repository is careful to ensure that fair access to reagents upholds the rights of the donor scientists.


Sarah Gilbert
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