I'm a science journalist specialising in the physical sciences. My day job is assistant news editor at Nature, but I have also spent time as a freelance journalist, and on staff as a reporter, also with Nature for several years. My writing career started at the Royal Society of Chemistry's magazine Chemistry World where I was a features editor and reporter. I've got a BSc from Imperial College London, and a PhD from Cambridge University, both in chemistry.
I'm science writer in residence in the school of chemistry at the University of Leeds.
You can read an interview with me here A full list of all my Nature articles is here
I split my time between the UK and France.
Toxic shockers: Key chemicals to look out for Pretty much everything in the modern world comes with a hidden cocktail of chemical extras. Get the facts on what to worry about New Scientist 26th November 2014 (subscripion required)
Nano magic: The power of powder to save energy Can adding a special ingredient to coolants slash fuel bills and stir up an energy revolution? New Scientist 4th July 2013 (subscription required) Matters of substance What is the universe really made of? Katharine Sanderson contemplates dark matter, dark energy and the nature of everything. Cambridge Alumni Magazine July 2013 (page 20)
Press P to print The use of 3D printers to create lab equipment, deliver reagents and even build biomaterials is on the rise. Katharine Sanderson installs drivers and prints away. Chemistry World, 25th June 2013
Science's spiritual side Some view science and religion as mutually exclusive. Most feel there is some conflict between them. But this has not always been the case. Chemistry World, 6th February 2013 (subs required, pdf here)
The race to stop a global killer A deadly fungus sweeping the world is behind the mass death of hundreds of amphibian species. Researchers in Europe have teamed up to work out how to stop it – can they succeed? BBC Future 21st November 2012 (Not available in the UK, for non-UK IP addresses tryhere)
3D printing: the desktop drugstore Printers that create artificial limbs, cheap drugs and replacement organs could radically change medicine in poorer countries. But can this technology deliver? BBC Future 26th September 2012 (Not available in the UK, for non-UK IP addresses try here)
Vaccination: A durable design Vaccines against cervical-cancer causing strains of HPV are good, but could be a lot better. Here's a look at how work is progressing. Nature Outlook: Human papillomavirus 30th August 2012
Thanks to chemistry: A sweet invention A look at human insulin's legacy - which reaches far beyond treating diabetes, and revolutionised the biotech industry Thanks to Chemistry project - The Chemical Heritage Foundation January 2012
The life factory Does biology have the monopoly on evolution? (subscription required) New Scientist 1st Feb 2011