Dr Samantha Wynne | Media Officer

Wynne, Samantha

Working in the Communications team, Sam uses traditional and social media to deliver external communications, publicising the ground-breaking research and sharing the stories of the Wellcome Sanger Institute and Wellcome Genome Campus.

Current role:

Liaising with scientific and non-scientific staff and the media, I deliver external communications about the research and stories of the Sanger Institute and Genome Campus. Working with the Communications team, I manage and draft press releases and news stories, produce blog and social media content, and organise media visits and training, also supporting internal communications and engagement projects. 

Previous experience:

Scientific engagement has been a long-standing interest of mine. My previous role was Public Engagement Manager (Maternity Cover) at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, delivering the public engagement and external communication strategy for the LMB. This included managing media and press releases, drafting news articles and other content for the website, and social media. I led a small team managing events, organising schools activities and tours and helping scientists develop science festival exhibits.

Before this, I carried out post-doctoral research at the LMB and solved the 3-dimensional structures of various medically relevant proteins, including the hepatitis B virus core protein. I also had additional responsibility in scientific public engagement, running the Crystal Growing Competition for Schools, organising schools visits and designing science festival exhibits. 

My scientific teaching experience includes undergraduate teaching (lectures and supervisions at the University of Cambridge) and tutoring sixth-form students at Villiers Park Educational Trust on their annual Biology and Genetics week.

Publications

  • Identification of an Alternating-Access Dynamics Mutant of EmrE with Impaired Transport.

    Wu C, Wynne SA, Thomas NE, Uhlemann EM, Tate CG and Henzler-Wildman KA

    Journal of molecular biology 2019;431;15;2777-2789

  • Structures of an apo and a binary complex of an evolved archeal B family DNA polymerase capable of synthesising highly cy-dye labelled DNA.

    Wynne SA, Pinheiro VB, Holliger P and Leslie AG

    PloS one 2013;8;8;e70892

  • Structures of hepatitis B virus cores presenting a model epitope and their complexes with antibodies.

    Roseman AM, Borschukova O, Berriman JA, Wynne SA, Pumpens P and Crowther RA

    Journal of molecular biology 2012;423;1;63-78

  • A structural model for maturation of the hepatitis B virus core.

    Roseman AM, Berriman JA, Wynne SA, Butler PJ and Crowther RA

    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2005;102;44;15821-6

  • Partitioning of the serotonin transporter into lipid microdomains modulates transport of serotonin.

    Magnani F, Tate CG, Wynne S, Williams C and Haase J

    The Journal of biological chemistry 2004;279;37;38770-8

  • The crystal structure of the human hepatitis B virus capsid.

    Wynne SA, Crowther RA and Leslie AG

    Molecular cell 1999;3;6;771-80

  • Crystallization of hepatitis B virus core protein shells: determination of cryoprotectant conditions and preliminary X-ray characterization.

    Wynne SA, Leslie AG, Butler PJ and Crowther RA

    Acta crystallographica. Section D, Biological crystallography 1999;55;Pt 2;557-60

  • Determination of the fold of the core protein of hepatitis B virus by electron cryomicroscopy.

    Böttcher B, Wynne SA and Crowther RA

    Nature 1997;386;6620;88-91

  • Tetrameric malate dehydrogenase from a thermophilic Bacillus: cloning, sequence and overexpression of the gene encoding the enzyme and isolation and characterization of the recombinant enzyme.

    Wynne SA, Nicholls DJ, Scawen MD and Sundaram TK

    The Biochemical journal 1996;317 ( Pt 1);235-45

Career/Research Highlights

Wynne, Samantha
Samantha's Timeline
2015

Joined the Communications team at the Sanger Institute

2014

Public Engagement Manager at the LMB (Maternity Cover)

2006

Post Doctoral LMB Research Support Staff with Additional Responsibility in Public Engagement

2001

Teaching By-Fellow in Biochemistry, Churchill College, Cambridge (3 years)

1999

Post-Doctoral Support Staff at the LMB

1995

Joined the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology as Post-Doctoral Research Assistant