Clare Sansom

Clare Sansom

Clare Sansom studied physics and then biophysics at the University of Bristol, UK, graduating with a Ph.D. in 1987.

She held postdoctoral positions in structure-based drug discovery at the Universities of Aston and Leeds, UK and at the National Cancer Institute, Frederick USA where she studied HIV protease inhibition. She left frontline research in the late 90s for a portfolio career; she teaches medicinal chemistry at the UK’s Open University and bioinformatics at Birkbeck College, London, both to MSc level and works as a freelance science writer and editor. Recent clients besides the RSC include the New York Academy of Sciences and the Lancet monthly journals

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    From cement to batteries with help from a wombat

    17 January 2018

    Vanessa Peterson is in the fast lane when it comes to relating atomic-scale structures to a material’s function

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    Harvesting holes

    19 December 2017

    Shilun Qiu was a farmer; now he’s a distinguished professor

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    Staying one step ahead of the game

    17 November 2017

    Clare Sansom examines the need for agile drug development when tackling emerging viral disease outbreaks

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    Exploiting the data mine

    13 August 2015

    Chemists must embrace open data to allow us to collectively get the best out of the masses of new knowledge we unearth, reports Clare Sansom

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    When is an enzyme not a protein?

    29 February 2016

    When it’s a ribozyme. Clare Sansom reports

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    Separating the guilty and the innocent

    20 October 2016

    Chromatography is one of the key weapons in the forensic scientist’s arsenal, as Clare Sansom discovers

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    Deal or no deal?

    17 February 2017

    Clare Sansom highlights recent changes in the landscape of pharma company collaborations and acquisitions

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    Crystallising new concepts not once, but twice

    28 September 2017

    From supramolecular synthons to weak hydrogen bonds, Gautam Desiraju’s research has impacted several areas of chemistry

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    Spaces can be useful

    8 November 2017

    Truly functional MOFs are on the horizon but Susumu Kitagawa saw their potential when they were weak and idle

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    The latent threat of tuberculosis

    15 August 2012

    Although TB was close to being eradicated in the developed world, it is a major problem in developing countries. With drug-resistant strains on the increase, Clare Sansom outlines the latest in the fight against this killer disease

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    People power

    30 January 2013

    Harnessing the wisdom – and money – of crowds has rocketed in popularity in recent years. Clare Sansom looks at whether chemistry can join the gang

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    Animal pharm

    30 July 2013

    Making drugs to treat animals is potentially lucrative – but also difficult, as Clare Sansom discovers

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    Crystal clear

    13 December 2013

    With the international year of crystallography upon us, Clare Sansom celebrates this important discipline

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    Life in the freeze frame

    26 August 2014

    Using x-rays to probe biological molecules has revolutionised science. Clare Sansom looks at a century of progress

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    Cleaning up after Fukushima

    27 November 2014

    Chemistry is playing a vital role in helping remove radioactive material from the environment after the 2011 disaster. Clare Sansom reports

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    Combating rare diseases

    26 March 2015

    Developing drugs for treating rare diseases isn’t always financially viable. Clare Sansom looks at some recent success stories

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    Climbing the data mountain

    22 December 2011

    Clare Sansom takes a 'peak' at the databases that stop researchers being buried under an avalanche of chemical information

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    Fighting the flu

    31 January 2011

    The threat of pandemic influenza is constantly on the horizon. Clare Sansom explores the latest attempts to tackle an ever-changing foe

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    Model molecules

    31 March 2010

    As computational chemistry's footprint expands, Clare Sansom considers the technical challenges that remain

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    Receptive receptors

    30 July 2010

    One route to developing new drugs is to look at targeting the hundreds of G-protein-coupled receptors that are not currently exploited clinically. Clare Sansom investigates

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