Women in COG: Professor Sharon Peacock in conversation with Sir Jeremy Farrar

On Thursday 16th December, at 12:15 – 13:00 GMT, we will be hosting our next ‘Women in COG’ event, which will feature a conversation with Professor Sharon Peacock, Executive Director and Chair of COK-UK and Sir Jeremy Farrar, Director of the Wellcome Trust.



Sir Jeremy Farrar

Jeremy Farrar is Director of the Wellcome Trust – the world’s second largest independent charitable foundation that exists to improve human health through research.  Jeremy is a clinician scientist who before joining Wellcome in 2013 was, for eighteen years, Director of the Clinical Research Unit at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Viet Nam, where his research interests were in global health with a focus on emerging infectious diseases. He was named 12th in the Fortune list of 50 World’s Greatest Leaders in 2015 and was awarded the Memorial Medal and Ho Chi Minh City Medal from the Government of Viet Nam. In 2018 he was recognised as the President Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian of the Year. Jeremy was knighted in the Queen’s 2019 New Year Honours for services to global health and awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon by the Government of Japan in recognition of contribution to global health. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences UK, European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO), the National Academies USA and a Fellow of The Royal Society.


Professor Sharon Peacock

Professor Sharon Peacock CBE FMedSci is Executive Director and Chair at COG-UK, and a Professor of Public Health and Microbiology in the Department of Medicine at the University of Cambridge. She is a world authority on pathogen genomics, antibiotic resistance, and a range of specific infectious pathogens. This includes Staphylococcus aureus (including MRSA), and Burkholderia pseudomallei (the cause of the tropical infectious disease, melioidosis). Professor Peacock is a non-executive director at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.


About Women in COG

The COG-UK consortium has over 500 members with a range of scientific and business expertise in genomics, bioinformatics, operations clinical science and public health. Women in COG is a supportive network to share experience and knowledge and to promote science careers in women and girls.

This is the next event in our series of monthly lunchtime Women in COG events and everyone (regardless of gender) is welcome to attend. The events will feature a conversation with a guest or consortium member followed by an informal Q&A.