In January 2018, Laura Piddock joined the Global Antibiotic Research and Development Partnership (GARDP) as Head of Scientific Affairs on a secondment basis. Laura is also Professor of Microbiology at the University of Birmingham, UK. Her research focuses on multidrug efflux pumps, transmission of drug resistance between bacteria, and developing tools for drug discovery. She has published over 200 articles in international peer reviewed journals, and given over 200 symposium presentations at international conferences.
Laura has advised organisations such as the World Health Organization, and scientific data from her team has been used by national governmental agencies when deciding whether to withdraw the licences of some antibiotics from veterinary medicine. She collaborates widely with other researchers in Birmingham, elsewhere in the UK and globally.
Until 2017, Laura was the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy Chair in Public Engagement and in this role was the Director of Antibiotic Action and led the secretariat of the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Antibiotics. She is also currently Chair of the EU Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance Scientific Advisory Committee. Laura is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and a founding Fellow of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.