Professor Sharon Peacock

Professor of Public Health and Microbiology at Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge

Professor of Public Health and Microbiology, Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge
Member of CSaP Advisory Council

Sharon Peacock CBE FMedSci is Professor of Public Health and Microbiology at the University of Cambridge; Executive Director of the COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) consortium; an Honorary Fellow at St John’s College Cambridge; and a Non-Executive Director on the board of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Her scientific expertise is varied and includes evaluation of the public health applications of pathogen sequencing; antimicrobial resistance, and several tropical diseases including melioidosis and rickettsial infections. She has raised around £60 million pounds in science funding, published more than 500 peer-reviewed papers, and has trained a generation of scientists in the UK and elsewhere. Sharon is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, and an elected Member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO). In 2015, she received a CBE for services to medical microbiology, and in 2018 she won the Unilever Colworth Prize for her outstanding contribution to translational microbiology. Sharon was recently awarded the MRC Millennium Medal 2021.

  • In news articles

    Learning lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic

    Richard Gleave, UK Health Security Agency, and Professor Sharon Peacock, Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge, discussed the wider implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, reflecting on the success of the UK’s COVID-19 Genomics Consortium (COG-UK) in pandemic response and, more broadly, on the evolving role of scientific advice in times of public crises.