Prof. Sharon Peacock

Deputy Director, Wellcome Trust Cambridge Centre for Global Health Research

Sharon Peacock is Professor of Clinical Microbiology, Chair of the Cambridge Infectious Diseases Initiative, Deputy Director of the Cambridge Wellcome Trust Centre for Global Health Research, an Honorary Faculty Member at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, and Professorial Fellow at St John’s College, Cambridge.  Prior to returning to the UK in 2009, Professor Peacock spent 7 years in Thailand where she was head of bacterial diseases research at the Wellcome Trust Major Overseas Programme in Bangkok, and directed a programme of clinical and basic research into melioidosis and Burkholderia pseudomallei. Her UK research focus is the translation of rapid, high-throughput microbial sequencing into diagnostic and public health microbiology.  Professor Peacock is deputy chair of the Medical Research Council Infection and Immunity Board and undertakes a range of other peer review activities for the MRC. She contributed to the Chief Medical Officer’s Annual Report (published 2013) on antimicrobial resistance, led the working group on scientific priorities for the infectious diseases component of the Department of Health 100,000 genome project, and is a member of the Public Health England implementation committee for infectious diseases sequencing. Professor Peacock is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.