Ms Sarah Carter

Contact Details

PhD Student
Data Science Institute,
IDA Business Park,
Lower Dangan,


Sarah is a scientist-ethicist interested in ensuring scientific progress always serves us and our communities. 

For the last 3 years, she has been a PhD candidate at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Her interdisciplinary PhD topic, between philosophy and data science, is researching ways to make more meaningful privacy choices on our smartphones.

During her master's degree at Utrecht University, she researched organoid drug screening for cystic fibrosis and the ethics of organoid biobanking. As an undergraduate at Mount Holyoke College, she conducted research in synthetic organic chemistry and organoid metabolomics.

Sarah is also a musician and plays both double and electric bass.

Linkedin    //    Twitter (@sec2013) 

Research Interests

For my PhD project, I am investigating the role of our personal values in our smartphone privacy decisions. More on this work can be found here

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2019 Research Scholarship in SFI Center for Research Training in Digitally Enhanced Reality (DREAL) Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)
2017 Utrecht Excellence Scholarship Utrecht University
2017 Sarah Williston Scholar Mount Holyoke College


  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2017 Mount Holyoke College BA Biochemistry, Music
2019 Utrecht University MSc Biomedical Science



Community Engagement

  Title Type From / To
Board Membership Postgraduate Research Society 01-OCT-19 /

Other Activities


Student Representative for DSI (2020-2021 )