Sandra gained her BSc from the University of Leeds and her PhD from the University of Liverpool. She returned to Leeds for her first doctoral position, where her ongoing research into ageing and the heart began. This developed during her senior doctoral position, funded as principal investigator by the BHF, followed by a Lectureship in Physiology. Sandra was appointed to a Lectureship in Biomedical Science at Hull in 2007. She is also a member of the Centre for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research at Hull York Medical School.
Her research concerns the causes of cardiac dysfunction, particularly in association with ageing. Conferences co-organised - British Society for Cardiovascular Research, Leeds, 2016 - Physiological Society Inaugural H3 symposium, London, 2014 - Northern Cardiac Research Group, Hull, 2011 - British Society for Research on Ageing, Manchester, 2009 Invited speaker - University of Florida, Gainesville, 'Ageing to Arrhythmias: Conundrums of Connections in the Ageing Heart', 2015 - Physiological Society Inaugural H3 Symposium, London, 'Stem Cells and the Heart: Where Do the Future Therapies Lie for Cardiac Regeneration?', 2014.