Communications Manager

Mia Cerfonteyn

Mia Cerfonteyn


I love the creativity, curiosity and connection that comes with science communication and am always trying to expand my communications toolbox.

With a background in molecular ecology, I was drawn to The Sainsbury Laboratory's ground-breaking discoveries in plant-microbe interactions. The plant immune system and how plant pathogens evolve to avoid detection is a fascinating story that we’re still only scratching the surface of.

That awe and excitement of learning something new is what drives me to share our pioneering research with others. I believe we have to inform the public how crucial our understanding of the plant immune system and plant pathogens is in mitigating current and future global challenges.

As part of my role, I oversee our digital and social media content and coordinate engagement with various stakeholders. I also support the communications activities and training of our staff and students.

At the Norwich Research Park, I collaborate with the other institutes on site for public engagement activities and help to inform key decision makers as part of the Park's Public Affairs Group.

Job history

  • 2021 -

    Communications Officer

    The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK
  • 2017 - 2020

    Marine Microbiology Researcher

    Matís, Reykjavík, Iceland
  • 2013 - 2016

    Protected Species Officer

    Freelance, Off-shore Africa
  • 2012 - 2013

    Laboratory Technologist

    Strait Access Technologies, Cape Town, South Africa
  • 2010 - 2011

    Seabird Field Scientist

    South African Department of Environmental Affairs, Marion Island, Subantarctic