Professor Sharon Peacock

Master Elect at Churchill College, Cambridge

Master Elect, Churchill College
Professor of Public Health and Microbiology, Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge
Member of CSaP Advisory Council

Professor Sharon Peacock, a distinguished microbiologist and public health expert, will assume the role of the 8th Master of Churchill College, Cambridge, succeeding Professor Athene Donald in September 2024. Sharon, currently a Professor at the University of Cambridge, has a decade-long track record of research focused on utilizing pathogen sequencing to enhance patient care and public health efforts. Notably, she played a pivotal role in establishing the COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium during the pandemic. Sharon, who hails from a non-academic background, pursued her education diligently, eventually earning a PhD and becoming a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. Her appointment as Master underscores her significant contributions to medical microbiology, recognized through honours such as the CBE and the Medical Research Council Millennium Medal.


  • 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.