Sharon Peacock CBE FMedSci is Professor of Public Health and Microbiology in the Department of Medicine at the University of Cambridge. She is also Executive Director and Chair of the COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium (COG-UK), and is on secondment to Public Health England (PHE) as Director of Science (Pathogen Genomics).

Sharon is a Non-Executive Director on the Board of the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation, where she chairs the Quality Committee.

She is known for her work on public health microbiology and developing diagnostic health innovations from genome sequencing technologies. Her research specialities include work on MRSA and the bacterium Burkholderia pseudomallei, which causes the tropical infection melioidosis.

Sharon is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, and an elected Member of EMBO. She was awarded a CBE for services to medical microbiology in 2015, and the Unilever Colworth Prize for outstanding contribution to translational microbiology in 2018.