WH Pierce prize
Instituted to commemorate the late WH (Bill) Pierce, this prestigious award is given to a microbiologist who has made a substantial contribution to applied microbiology.
This prestigious prize is awarded each year to an academic at an early stage in their career who has made a substantial contribution to the science of applied microbiology. It is worth £6,000, split as a £5000 unrestricted educational grant and £1000 as a cash prize. Recipients do not have to be existing SfAM members.
New to the 2022 award, W H Pierce Prize recipients will, if needed, have automatic access to a Global Talent visa. Normally, you can apply for the Global Talent visa to work in the UK if you’re a leader or potential leader in academia, research, arts and culture, or digital technology. Applications require an endorsement to prove that you are a leader or potential leader. However, you can apply for the visa without this endorsement if you’ve won the W H Pierce Prize.
The award was instituted in 1984 by the directors of Oxoid to commemorate the life and works of the late WH (Bill) Pierce, former Chief Bacteriologist of Oxo Ltd and a long-time member of the Society. Application is through nomination by members of the Society only. Deadline 28 July 2022.
SfAM members can nominate a recipient for the WH Pierce Prize
Translating medieval literature and medical texts to uncover ancient antimicrobial recipes
The 2020 WH Pierce Prize was awarded to Dr Joan Geoghegan, Senior Lecturer in Microbiology and Infection at Institute of Microbiology and Infection, University of Birmingham.
Exploring the first contact between microbe and their host during the early life developmental window
How to kill your rivals – Type VI secretion system-mediated bacterial warfare.
Controlling Biofilms: Probing the Future, Mining the Past
Invisible influence: how the indoor microbiome influences health
Biofilms: looking closely at the matrix
Integrating principles of predictive microbiology in food processing
Bacterial genome sequence data to conduct comparative analyses
Human gut mobile metagenome
Mechanisms of quinolone resistance in Escherichia coli
Rapid identification of antimicrobial resistance genes in Gram-negative bacteria
Dr Paul Cotter is a Funded Investigator at the APC Microbiome Institute, University College Cork, Ireland.
Dr Dennis Linton is a microbiologist at University of Manchester. He largely works on Campylobacters and related species, glycosylation and gene regulation.
Roy is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Biological Sciences and a principal investigator at the Centre for Research in Advanced Therapeutic Engineering (CREATE) at Cork Institute of Technology.
Andrew is a professor at the School of Pharmacy, University of Manchester. He studied for a PhD in in medical microbial ecology at University of Cambridge with the MRC at Addenbrooke's Hospital.
Andrew Sails is the assay research area manager for QuantuMDx group where he manages their assay development programme. Prior to joining QuantuMDx he was a consultant clinical scientist at the Public Health England Public Health Laboratory in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Jean-Yves Maillard is professor of pharmaceutical microbiology at Cardiff University. He completed a PhD on ‘the mechanisms of action biocides against viruses’ at the Welsh School of Pharmacy.
Phil Hill is associate professor in microbiology at the University of Nottingham. His research interests fall into three areas: bacterial gene control, imaging and synthetic biology.
Stephen is associate dean of research at Lincoln University, New Zealand, Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Senior public health microbiologist at Public Health England
This research focuses on Campylobacter jejuni, the leading cause of food-borne illness in the UK, and how this pathogen responds to nitric oxide.
Irene is a senior lecturer at Queen's University Belfast
Simon Foster is professor of molecular microbiology and faculty director of research and innovation at the University of Sheffield.
Sally is professor in medical microbiology at the University of East London.
Power has contributed to Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, Journal of Hospital Infection, European Journal of Clinical Microbiology, Journal of Clinical Pathology and Journal of Medical Microbiology.
Ian was divisional head, research dean (2001-2005 and 2012-2016) and is currently a member of the Lydia Becker Institute of Immunology and Inflammation.
Christine is chair in food microbiology, Faculty of Science, School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham
Peter was Curator of the NCIMB culture collection and head of microbiology services at NCIMB and served two terms on the SfAM Executive Committee.
Glenn Gibson is professor of food microbiology, head of Food Microbial Sciences. He co-coined the term ‘prebiotic’ in a paper in 1995 and continued to lead research in the field.
Jim McLauchlin was a lead public health microbiologist
Tom Humphrey did much of the research on salmonella and eggs in the 1980s and ‘90s and advised the British Egg Industry to vaccinate hens against salmonella in 1997, a major public health intervention.
Department of Microbiology, AFRC Institute of Food Research, Reading Laboratory, Shinfield, UK
Collinsella aerofaciens is a group of bacteria found in the gut and also on the surface of the tongue. It is named after the microbiologist Matthew Collins.