Professor Sarah Perrett is Course Director at the Faraday Institute. She has been a Principal Investigator at the Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences since 2003 and divides her time between Beijing and Cambridge, where her family is now based. Sarah studied Natural Sciences (Chemistry) at the University of Cambridge and completed a PhD in Protein Chemistry in 1997, supervised by Prof. Sir Alan Fersht. She then held a Research Fellowship at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge before moving to Beijing in 2000, via a year of full-time Mandarin Chinese language study at the National University of Singapore. She was awarded an OBE for contributions to UK/China relations in the scientific field in the 2015 Queen’s New Year Honours List. Her research interests include mechanisms of protein folding, amyloid formation and prion propagation. She has edited three books and published around 80 research articles.

Scientific Publications


  1. Perrett S., Buell A.K. & Knowles T.P.J.K. (Editors) Biological and Bio-inspired Nanomaterials, Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology 1174, 2019, Nature-Springer. ISBN: 978-981-13-9790-5.
  2. Sunde M., Chapman M., Otzen D. & Perrett S. (Editors), Functional Amyloids Biomacromolecules 7, 2017, MDPI. ISSN: 2218-273X.
  3. Perrett S. (Editor), Amyloids in Health and Disease Essays in Biochemistry 56 (248 pages), 2014, Portland Press. ISBN: 978-185-57-8192-4.

Research Papers (selected)

  1. Wu, S. Hong, L., Wang, Y., Yang, J., Yang J., Zhang, H. & Perrett, S.* (2020) A kinetic view of the conformational cycle of Hsp70 reveals the importance of the dynamic and heterogeneous nature of Hsp70 for its function. PNAS 117, 7814-7823.
  2. Yao, Q., Hong, L., Wu, S.* & Perrett, S.* Distinct microscopic mechanisms for the accelerated aggregation of pathogenic Tau mutants revealed by kinetic analysis. PhysChemChemPhys 22, 241-7249.
  3. Yang, J., Dear, A.J., Michaels, T.C.T., Dobson, C.M., Knowles, T.P.J.K.*, Wu, S.* & Perrett, S.* (2018). Direct observation of oligomerization by single molecule fluorescence reveals a multi-step aggregation mechanism for the yeast prion protein Ure2. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 140, 2493-2503.
  4. Gong, W., Hu, W., Xu, L., Wu, H., Wu, S., Zhang, H., Wang, J., Jones, GW.* & Perrett, S.* (2018). The C-terminal GGAP motif of Hsp70 mediates substrate recognition and stress response in yeast. J. Biol. Chem. 293, 17663-17675.
  5. Lou, F., Yang, J., Wu, S.* & Perrett, S.* (2017). A co-expression strategy to acheive labeling of individual subunits within a dimeric protein for single molecule analysis. ChemComm 53, 7971-8094.
  6. Yang, W., Willemse J., Sawyer E.B., Lou F., Gong, W., Zhang, H., Gras, S.L.*, Claessen, D.* & Perrett, S.* (2017). The propensity of the bacterial rodlin protein RdlB to form amyloid fibrils determines its function in Streptomyces coelicolor. Scientific Reports 7, 42867.
  7. Zhang, H., Yang, J., Si, W., Gong, W., Chen, C.* & Perrett, S.* (2016). Glutathionylation of the bacterial Hsp70 chaperone DnaK provides a link between oxidative stress and the heat shock response. J. Biol. Chem. 291, 6967-6981.
  8. Zhou, X.M., Shimanovich, U., Herling, T.W., Wu, S., Dobson, C.M., Knowles, T.P.J.* & Perrett, S.* (2015) Enzymatically-active microgels from self-assembling protein nanofibrils for microflow chemistry. ACS Nano 9, 5772-5781.
  9. Zhou, X.M., Entwistle, A., Zhang, H., Jackson, A.P., Mason, T.O., Shimanovich, U., Knowles, T.P.J., Smith, A.T., Sawyer, E.B.* & Perrett, S.* (2014). Self-assembly of amyloid fibrils that display active enzymes. ChemCatChem 6, 1961-1968.
  10. Li, X.W., Rees, J.S., Lilley, K.S., Howard, J.A., Zhang, H., Peng, X., Hamaia, S.W., Farndale, R.W., Perrett, S.* & Jackson, A.P.* (2014). New insights into the DT40 B cell receptor cluster using a proteomic proximity labeling assay. J. Biol. Chem. 289, 14434-14447.

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