P1010072Hello, I am a science writer and editor living in the UK. I work in the Features team of the life and biomedical science journal eLife, where I edit the more magazine-style content of the journal. I am fascinated by plants and microbes and they are the focus of this blog, but I also write about other topics including science communication and my scientific experiences.

Before working for eLife I was based at the John Innes Centre (JIC) – a plant and microbial research institute – for my PhD research and then afterwards for a short contract as a Post Doctoral Scientist. While there I studied the legume family of plants (e.g. peas, beans). They can form a friendly relationship (symbiosis) with bacteria in the soil known as rhizobia. The rhizobia provide the plant with nitrogen, an essential plant nutrient, and in return the plant provides sugars and a home in special organs called nodules that develop on the plant root.

In my spare time I can often be found playing music, knitting and baking cakes. I also enjoy gardening and going on walks in the countryside.

I am a member of Girlguiding, the UK’s largest voluntary organisation for girls and young women. I run a Girl Guide unit in my local area where 10-14 year old girls meet regularly to have fun, learn new skills and get involved in community projects.


Dr. Sarah Shailes

Disclaimer: all views and opinions are my own.


4 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Sarah, just read and enjoyed your post about sugar beet – the subject of my impending research! I’ve just started as a PhD student at the JIC so thought I’d say hello! x

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