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Director, COVID-19 genomics UK Consortium (COG-UK) and Professor of Public Health & Microbiology, University of Cambridge

Sharon’s Research Lab undertake research relating to three main themes: translating pathogen sequencing into clinical and public health microbiology; the biology and transmission of bacterial pathogens; and the biological basis of bacterial carriage and disease. Our emphasis is work that leads to improved disease control through infection control intervention and therapeutics. All three themes of work involve extensive interactions with the Wellcome Sanger Institute.

Prof. Peacock is director of the COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium (COG-UK). Formed on 1 April 2020, this is made up of an innovative partnership of NHS organisations, the four Public Health Agencies of the UK, the Wellcome Sanger Institute and more than twelve academic partners who provide sequencing and analysis capacity. Our aim is to to deliver large-scale and rapid whole-genome SARS-CoV-2 sequencing and to combine the virus genome data with clinical and epidemiological datasets in order to help to guide UK public health interventions and policies.


  • –present
    Professor, University of Cambridge