Dr Clare Sansom has lectured part time at Birkbeck College, University of London since 1998. She has principally been involved in designing and delivering an innovative MSc course in structural biology taught entirely over the Internet and has obtained scholarships from the Open Society Institute and the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission that have enabled the course to be opened to students from outside the Western world. She has a small research interest at Birkbeck, focusing on modelling the human immune system, and participates in the Virtual Physiological Human project, funded through the EU as a Network of Excellence.
She also works part time at the Open University, where she recently helped establish a new MSc in Medicinal Chemistry as an online course with global reach. She has been a Fellow of the Centre for Distance Education since 2005 and is a freelance consultant and science writer.