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Professor Sharon Peacock

Professor Sharon Peacock

Clinical microbiology; environmental microbiology; genomics in diagnostic microbiology and public health; melioidosis; Staphylococcus aureus.


Professor Peacock is a clinical microbiologist based within the Department of Medicine, and works closely with Public Health England and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

She returned to the UK in Oct 2009 after 7 years at the Wellcome Trust Major Overseas Programme in Thailand, where she directed a wide-ranging programme of bacterial disease research. There, she developed a major interest in melioidosis, a severe bacterial infection caused by the environmental bacterium (and biothreat organism) Burkholderia pseudomallei. She continues to support studies overseas on a range of aspects relating to this disease, with a particular emphasis on prevention.

In the UK, Professor Peacock focuses on the role of sequencing technologies in diagnostic microbiology and public health. This follows a study demonstrating for the first time that whole genome sequencing of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) could define transmission pathways at both global and local levels (see reference list, below). A UKCRC Translational Infection Research Initiative grant of 3.2M funds the development of a Cambridge UKCRC Consortium to develop tools that interpret genome sequence of MRSA and provide web-based interpretation platforms. A Health Innovation Challenge Fund of 4.5M funds the extension of this work to other pathogens.

From 2010 -2015, Professor Peacock was chair of the Cambridge Infectious Diseases Initiative and deputy director of the Wellcome Trust Cambridge Centre for Global Health Research; is a Member of the University of Cambridge International Strategy Committee, the Faculty Board of Veterinary Medicine, and the Wellcome Trust Peer Review College; is deputy chair of the Medical Research Council Infection and Immunity Board and a member of the Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust Advisory Committee; and sits on the Public Health England Infectious Diseases Genomics Steering Group. She was elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2013.

Professor Peacock is currently unable to accept PhD students.

Research themes

Pathogen Biology and Evolution:

Clinical microbiology; environmental microbiology; genomics in diagnostic microbiology and public health; melioidosis; Staphylococcus aureus.

Connections in Asia:
  • India
  • Laos
  • Singapore
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand
Connections in North America:
  • USA
Connections in Europe:
  • Germany
  • The Netherlands
Connections in Australasia:
  • Australia


  • Burkholderia pseudomallei
  • Public Health
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Genomics

Key Publications

  • Chetchotisakd P, Chierakul W, Chaowagul V, Anunnatsiri S, Pimda K, Mootsikapun P, Chaisuksan S, Pilaikul J, Thinkhamrop B, Piphitaporn S, Susaenrat W, Toondee C, Wongrattanacheewin S, Wuthiekanun V, Thaipadungpanit J, Day NP, Limmathurotsakul D, Peacock SJ. Trimethoprim-sulphamethoxazole versus trimethoprim-sulphamethoxazole plus doxycycline as oral eradicative treatment for melioidosis (MERTH): a multicentre, double-blind, non-inferiority, randomised controlled trial. Lancet. Accepted