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The Communications team promote the Sanger Institute's research and discoveries, using both traditional media such as print, radio interviews and TV footage and social media like Twitter, Facebook and the Sanger Institute blog. 

The team is also responsible for the content on the Institute website. We encourage and support the Wellcome Genome Campus community with internal communications.

We help members of the Institute share their knowledge and passion for science with researchers, aspiring scientists, policy makers and the public and we promote the Institute’s world-leading expertise and support new Campus activities and innovations. To contact the team please email:

The Communications team are responsible for both external and internal communications, promoting Sanger Institute research, raising the profile of the Institute and Campus, and supporting the scientists and other staff members.

External communications

  • We communicate our scientific research to the world, and promote the scientists and their work.
  • We work with the media, from broadcast TV and radio to press journalists.
  • We manage the content on the new website.
  • We run the Institute’s social media such as Facebook and Twitter, the Institute blog and LinkedIn.
  • We support and train our scientists in scientific communication, helping them to engage with the media and with the public.
  • We drive debate, for example with the blog and with opinion pieces.

Internal Communications

  • We support the Institute staff.
  • We enable collaboration and networking between Institute and Campus staff.
  • We also help enable Sanger Institute innovations.

Core team

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Sophie Comiskey

Communications Officer

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Katrina Costa

Science Writer

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Alison Cranage

Science Writer

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Sara Gellard

Head of Internal Communications

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Emily Mobley

Head of Media Relations

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Jelena Pupavac

Media Officer

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Rachael Smith

Press Officer

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Mr Mark Peter Thomson

Senior Digital and Print Content Editor

Previous team members

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Sophia Katherine Berry

Summer Placement

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Catriona Clarke

Social Media and Internal Communications Adviser

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Charlotte Cornell-Jones

Communications Assistant

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Dr Matthew Midgley

Media Officer

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Alison Simms

Senior Internal Communications Lead



Science Media Centre

An independent press office helping to ensure that the public have access to the best scientific evidence and expertise through the news media when science hits the headlines