In January 2018, Laura Piddock joined the Global Antibiotic Research and Development Partnership (GARDP) on a secondment basis. As GARDP’s Scientific Director, Laura leads the Discovery and Exploratory Research programme, as well as external scientific affairs, including REVIVE. Laura is also Professor of Microbiology at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.
Since she started her PhD in 1982, she has been at the forefront of antimicrobial research. Laura began her career in a clinical environment and has successfully integrated this background with academic research. She has published over 180 original articles in international peer reviewed journals, 54 invited review articles, 21 research letters, 157 conference proceedings and 6 chapters in academic books. She has given over 200 lectures at international conferences. She has an H-index of 79.
Her current university research focuses on understanding mechanisms of antibiotic resistance as a basis for drug discovery and multidrug efflux (pumping out of the bacterial cell) and regulation (switching on and off) of multidrug efflux pumps, and inhibition of transfer of plasmids (mobile genetic elements) between bacteria.
Laura is an enthusiastic communicator about antibiotic resistance and the lack of new antibacterial treatments. She has given 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 been interviewed, advised on, and appeared in, several documentaries for numerous global networks including BBC (One, Two, Four, Radio 2, Radio 4, Radio 5 Live), Al Jazeera, CNN, Channel 4 and Sky News.
Until September 2017, Laura was the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy Chair in Public Engagement and in this role is the Director of Antibiotic Action and led the secretariat of the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Antibiotics from 2012 – 2017.