Sharon Peacock

Sharon Peacock is a microbiologist and was one of the six Guest Lecturers for the 2021 CHRISTMAS LECTURES.

Sharon Peacock in a dark blue lab coat sitting behind a scientific apparatus
Credit: Nick Saffell

Sharon Peacock CBE FMedSci is Professor of Public Health and Microbiology in the Department of Medicine at the University of Cambridge, and Chair of the COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) Consortium.

Sharon’s laboratory undertakes research relating to three main themes: translating pathogen sequencing into clinical and public health microbiology; the biology and transmission of bacterial pathogens; and the biological basis of bacterial carriage and disease. Our emphasis is work that leads to improved disease control through infection control intervention and therapeutics.

During the pandemic the COG-UK consortium delivered large-scale and rapid whole-genome virus sequencing to local NHS centres and the UK government. The virus genome data is combined with clinical and epidemiological datasets in order to help to guide UK public health interventions and policies.

Sharon is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and was awarded a CBE for services to medical microbiology in 2015.