Working in the Media, PR and Communications team, Sam helps our scientists publicise their ground breaking research to enhance the Institute’s reputation, using traditional and social media.
From drafting press releases and news stories to managing the Institute blog and media visits, Sam liaises with staff and the media to deliver effective external communications, also supporting internal communications and engagement projects.
I really enjoy scientific communications and joined the Sanger Institute Media PR and Communications team in August 2015 as the Research Media Officer, to deliver external communications about our research. As part of this I liaise with scientific and non-scientific staff and the media, to draft press releases and news stories, manage the Institute blog and social media and organise media visits. Working with the communications team I develop intranet and internet content and support internal communications and engagement projects.
Scientific engagement has been a long-standing interest of mine. My previous role was Public Engagement Manager 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 using social media to promote LMB research. 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. I chaired the LMB Staff Restaurant Committee and was responsible for managing the successful mobilisation of the new restaurant into the new LMB building in 2013.
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.
Structures of an apo and a binary complex of an evolved archeal B family DNA polymerase capable of synthesising highly cy-dye labelled DNA.
PloS one 2013;8;8;e70892
Structures of hepatitis B virus cores presenting a model epitope and their complexes with antibodies.
Journal of molecular biology 2012;423;1;63-78
A structural model for maturation of the hepatitis B virus core.
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.
The Journal of biological chemistry 2004;279;37;38770-8
The crystal structure of the human hepatitis B virus capsid.
Molecular cell 1999;3;6;771-80
Crystallization of hepatitis B virus core protein shells: determination of cryoprotectant conditions and preliminary X-ray characterization.
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.
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.
The Biochemical journal 1996;317 ( Pt 1);235-45