Dr Samantha Wynne

Media Officer

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.

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