Head of Department and Professor of Sociology, University of Cambridge
Professor Sarah Franklin joined the University of Cambridge from the London School of Economics where she was Professor of Social Studies in Biomedicine and Associate Director of the BIOS Centre – an international centre for research and policy on social aspects of the life sciences and biomedicine.
Her research has focused on reproductive and genetic technologies and she has conducted fieldwork on IVF, cloning, embryo research, and stem cells. Her work combines traditional anthropological approaches, including both ethnographic methods and kinship theory, with more recent approaches from science studies, gender theory, and cultural studies.
Throughout her career, Professor Franklin has worked closely with clinicians and scientists in an attempt to widen sociological engagement with emerging issues in bioscience and biomedicine by developing collaborative partnerships with professionals and communities, policy makers, and patient groups most closely involved in areas such as assisted conception, embryology, hES derivation, and cloning. In 2007 was awarded a fellowship to consolidate a number of themes in her recent research under the heading 'The IVF-Stem Cell Interface: A sociology of embryo transfer'.