Sari Ward | Senior Database Curator

Ward, Sari

Sari is a biocurator for the Catalogue of Somatic Mutations in Cancer (COSMIC). Her expertise is in literature curation, with specialist knowledge of somatic mutation profiles of cancer genes and the histological classification of solid tumours. Sari has an interest in technical aspects of biocuration to increase throughput and for quality control.


  • COSMIC: the Catalogue Of Somatic Mutations In Cancer.

    Tate JG, Bamford S, Jubb HC, Sondka Z, Beare DM et al.

    Nucleic acids research 2019;47;D1;D941-D947

  • The COSMIC Cancer Gene Census: describing genetic dysfunction across all human cancers.

    Sondka Z, Bamford S, Cole CG, Ward SA, Dunham I and Forbes SA

    Nature reviews. Cancer 2018;18;11;696-705

  • COSMIC: somatic cancer genetics at high-resolution.

    Forbes SA, Beare D, Boutselakis H, Bamford S, Bindal N et al.

    Nucleic acids research 2017;45;D1;D777-D783

  • COSMIC: High-Resolution Cancer Genetics Using the Catalogue of Somatic Mutations in Cancer.

    Forbes SA, Beare D, Bindal N, Bamford S, Ward S et al.

    Current protocols in human genetics 2016;91;10.11.1-10.11.37

  • COSMIC: exploring the world's knowledge of somatic mutations in human cancer.

    Forbes SA, Beare D, Gunasekaran P, Leung K, Bindal N et al.

    Nucleic acids research 2015;43;Database issue;D805-11

  • Data mining using the Catalogue of Somatic Mutations in Cancer BioMart.

    Shepherd R, Forbes SA, Beare D, Bamford S, Cole CG et al.

    Database : the journal of biological databases and curation 2011;2011;bar018

Ward, Sari
Sari's Timeline

Joined the Sanger Institute as a Biocurator for the COSMIC team

Scientific Data Curator at ChEMBL, EMBL-EBI


Joined Pfizer Global R&D as a Scientist and worked on various drug discovery projects in the laboratory and later as an e-biologist


Research assistant in University of London investigating the molecular pharmacology of colorectal cancer drugs


Research assistant in University of Turku studying hormonally regulated carcinomas and their diagnostic applications

MPhil in Biochemistry, Turku University, Finland


MPhil thesis, Lund University, Sweden: 'Applications of time-resolved fluorescence in immunohistochemistry'


Wallac Co., Finland developing novel analytical and diagnostic methods such as detection of PSA in serum and tissue