Professor Emma Thomson, OBE, is a COG-UK Principal Investigator for the University of Glasgow and a Professor in Infectious Diseases at the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research. She was recently awarded Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to the NHS during the COVID-19 response. Currently Professor Thomson is heavily involved in sequencing SARS-CoV-2 as it circulates in the UK as part of COG-UK. She is the local principal investigator for two vaccine trials running within Greater Glasgow and Clyde. In addition to her work with COVID-19, Professor Thomson’s main research focus is on emerging infections in Uganda, working closely with the Uganda Virus Research Institute and in the UK.