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 169 original articles in international peer reviewed journals, 54 invited review articles, 21 research letters, 144 conference proceedings and 6 chapters in academic books. She has given 50 plenary lectures at international conferences. She has an H-index of 65. 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, and has a Roche 'Extending the Innovation Network' Award. Laura is an active participant in international consortia, such as the EU IMI funded project 'DRIVE-AB'. Since 1985 Laura has successfully supervised 30 PhD students. She currently supervises 4 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 .
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.