Ghosts of the past haunt modern medicine

Professor Laura Piddock

Professor Laura Piddock, deputy director of the Institute of Microbiology and Infection and Professor of Microbiology in the School of Immunity and Infection, is a leading researcher in the fight against antibiotic resistance. Her current research focuses on understanding mechanisms of antibiotic resistance as a basis for drug discovery.

When she was asked to take part in a panel discussion at the Cheltenham Literature Festival last October, Professor Piddock also gained a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by surgeons in the First World War. She was part of a discussion on Wounded, a book by medical historian Emily Mayhew which looks at injuries and infections during the War. The book tells the story of casualties and those who cared for them, and Professor Piddock described it as ‘absolutely riveting’.