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

Click here to nominate


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13 Oct 2021
WH Pierce Prize 2021: Freya Harrison

Translating medieval literature and medical texts to uncover ancient antimicrobial recipes

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25 Nov 2020
WH Pierce 2020: Joan Geoghegan

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.

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07 Jul 2020
WH Pierce 2019: Lindsay Hall

Exploring the first contact between microbe and their host during the early life developmental window

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01 Jul 2018
WH Pierce 2018: Sarah Coulthurst

How to kill your rivals – Type VI secretion system-mediated bacterial warfare.

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01 Jul 2017
WH Pierce 2017: Brendan Gilmore

Controlling Biofilms: Probing the Future, Mining the Past

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01 Jul 2016
WH Pierce 2016: Jack Gilbert

Invisible influence: how the indoor microbiome influences health

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01 Jul 2015
WH Pierce 2015: Nicola Stanley-Wall

Biofilms: looking closely at the matrix

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01 Jul 2014
WH Pierce 2014: Vasillis Valdramidis

Integrating principles of predictive microbiology in food processing

Lori Snyder
01 Jul 2013
WH Pierce 2013: Lori Snyder

Bacterial genome sequence data to conduct comparative analyses

Brian Jones
01 Jul 2011
WH Pierce 2011: Brian Jones

Human gut mobile metagenome

Mark Webber
01 Jul 2010
WH Pierce 2010: Mark Webber

Mechanisms of quinolone resistance in Escherichia coli

Katie Hopkins
09 Jul 2009
WH Pierce 2009: Katie Hopkins

Rapid identification of antimicrobial resistance genes in Gram-negative bacteria

Paul Cotter
09 Jul 2008
WH Pierce 2008: Paul Cotter

Dr Paul Cotter is a Funded Investigator at the APC Microbiome Institute, University College Cork, Ireland.

Dennis Linton
05 Jul 2007
WH Pierce 2007: Dennis Linton

Dr Dennis Linton is a microbiologist at University of Manchester. He largely works on Campylobacters and related species, glycosylation and gene regulation.

Roy Sleator
05 Jul 2006
WH Pierce 2006: Roy Sleator

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 McBain
07 Jul 2005
WH Pierce 2005: Andrew McBain

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.

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07 Jul 2004
WH Pierce 2004: Andy Sails

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.

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10 Jul 2003
WH Pierce 2003: Jean-Yves Maillard

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.

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02 Jul 2002
WH Pierce 2002: Phil Hill

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.

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02 Jul 2001
WH Pierce 2001: Stephen On

Stephen is associate dean of research at Lincoln University, New Zealand, Faculty of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

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02 Jul 2000
WH Pierce 2000: Frieda Jørgensen

Senior public health microbiologist at Public Health England

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02 Jul 1999
WH Pierce 1999: Joint award D Besra and Simon Park

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 Grant
02 Jul 1998
WH Pierce 1998: Irene Grant

Irene is a senior lecturer at Queen's University Belfast

Simon Foster
07 Jul 1997
WH Pierce 1997: SJ Foster

Simon Foster is professor of molecular microbiology and faculty director of research and innovation at the University of Sheffield.

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11 Jul 1996
WH Pierce 1996: Sally Cutler

Sally is professor in medical microbiology at the University of East London.

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06 Jul 1995
WH Pierce 1995: EG M Power

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 Roberts
08 Jul 1994
WH Pierce 1994: Ian Roberts

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.

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07 Jul 1993
WH Pierce 1993: Christine Dodd

Christine is chair in food microbiology, Faculty of Science, School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham

Peter Green
08 Jul 1992
WH Pierce 1992: Peter Green

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
10 Jul 1991
WH Pierce 1991: Joint award - GR Gibson and HS Tranter

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.

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05 Jul 1990
WH Pierce 1990: Jim McLauchlin

Jim McLauchlin was a lead public health microbiologist

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07 Jul 1989
WH Pierce prize 1989: Tom J Humphrey

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.

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06 Jul 1988
WH Pierce prize 1988: RG Kroll

Department of Microbiology, AFRC Institute of Food Research, Reading Laboratory, Shinfield, UK

10 Jul 1987
WH Pierce prize 1987: PA West

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07 Jul 1985
WH Pierce prize 1985: GB Shaw

Collinsella aerofaciens
06 Jul 1984
WH Pierce prize 1984: MD Collins

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.