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Dr Sandi Dheensa BSc, MSc, PhD

Former senior research fellow and research project coordinator

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Sandi Dheensa is a visiting senior research fellow in the Clinical Ethics and Law (CELS) research unit. She has expertise in qualitative methods and quantitative survey design.

She previously worked full time in CELS across several studies and has since moved fields into women's rights. A common theme in Sandi’s work is that it has practical relevance. As such she strives to work closely with practitioners and policymakers to see her research findings translated into practice.

Sandi would be happy to hear from anyone who is interested in her work:

 Email Twitter @Sandi_Dheensa

Research interests

Primary Research Group

Clinical Ethics and Law


Research Interests




Research Projects

  • Using digital health to facilitate the clinical integration of whole-genome sequencing (Oct 2016-present) (funded by Wessex Medical Research Innovation Fund)
  • Re-contact in mainstream genetics (Jan 2015-present) (funded by ESRC)
  • Additional findings and WGS: patient, family members and professional perspectives (Jan 2016-present) (funded by Wellcome Trust)
  • Consent and confidentiality in genetic medicine (Oct 2012-Dec 2015) (funded by Bupa Foundation)




Affiliate research group

UMCG, University of Groningen

  • Masters in Genomic Medicine
  • Social science and ethics small group teacher, BMedSci cohort
  • Qualitative research lecturer, BMedSci cohorts, Research for Medicine and Health module
  • Qualitative research workshops, BMedSci cohorts, plus ad-hoc support
  • Supervision of four undergraduate students to completion
  • Qualitative research facilitation in lectures, health psychology cohort, School of Health Sciences.


  • ELSI group at UMCG, University of Groningen, Netherlands
  • A/Prof. Ainsley Newson, VELIM, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Gabrielle Bertier, Centre of Genomics and Policy, McGill University, Canada
  • Prof Sigrid Sterckx, Bioethics Institute Ghent, Belgium
Dr Sandi Dheensa
Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton, Building 85, Life Sciences Building, Highfield Campus, Southampton, SO171BJ
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