Laura Piddock is Professor of Microbiology. Since she started her PhD in 1982, she has been at the forefront of antimicrobial research. Laura started her career in a clinical environment and has successfully integrated this background with academic research. She has published 158 original articles in international peer reviewed journals, 41 invited review articles, 43 research letters, 132 conference proceedings and five chapters in academic books. She has given 50 plenary lectures at international conferences. She has an H-index of 55. Her current research focuses on understanding mechanisms of antibiotic resistance as a basis for drug discovery and includes (1) multidrug efflux (pumping out of the bacterial cell) and regulation (switching on and off) of multidrug efflux pumps, and (2) furthering understanding of the mechanism of transfer of plasmids (mobile genetic elements) between bacteria. For further information about the work of Laura's team, please see the Antimicrobials Research Group website.
Laura receives support for her research from the MRC, BBSRC, Defra and Health Protection Agency and is an active participant in international consortia. Since 1985 Laura has successfully supervised 24 PhD students. She currently supervises four postgraduate students.
Laura is an enthusiastic communicator about antibiotic resistance and the lack of new antibacterial treatments. She gives talks to various groups at local, national and international level. Laura frequently contributes to both the local, national and international media (print, radio, television and digital) and has advised on, and appeared in, several documentaries. Laura is the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy Chair in Public Engagement and in this role is the Director of Antibiotic Action .
Laura Piddock is the Deputy Director of the Institute of Microbiolgy and Infection (IMI) and a leading member of the NIHR SRMRC.
In this video Professor Laura Piddock describes her background and career to date, what drives her research and how it affects the world. She also discusses her research work with postgraduates from the UK and overseas.