Professor George Salmond BSc MA PhD ScD HonDSc FRSA FSB FAAM FRSE


  • Professor of Molecular Microbiology & Deputy Head of Department, CU Dept of Biochemistry

George did postdoctoral work on the genetics of bacterial cell division (Edinburgh University) before a lectureship at the University of Kent. He moved to Warwick University, where he became Professor of Microbiology (1993) before coming to Cambridge in 1996. He also did research work at the CNRS, Marseille, France (Senior Ciba-Geigy Fellow) and Celgene Corporation, New Jersey, USA (Celgene Sabbatical Fellow).

Recent professional activities include: Scottish Science Advisory Council; Board of Directors and Advisory Committee on Science, James Hutton Institute; President, British Society for Plant Pathology; Governor, John Innes Centre and the Scottish Crop Research Institute; Council of the Federation of European Microbiological Societies; International Secretary and Council of the Society for General Microbiology; Science Unions Committee, Royal Society, and Pathogen Sequencing Advisory Group, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. He has served on many research funding and science quality review committees in the UK and overseas, and on the Scientific Advisory Board, NSC Technologies (Illinois, USA) and various Editorial Boards of microbiological journals.

His research interests include: virulence in bacterial pathogens of plants and animals; bacterial signaling and quorum sensing; protein secretion; antibiotics and other bioactive molecules; bacterial gas vesicles; bacterial viruses (bacteriophages); Toxin-Antitoxin systems and bacteriophage abortive infection.

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