Prof George Salmond - BSPP President

George Salmond

George Salmond is Professor of Molecular Microbiology in the Biochemistry department at Cambridge University and a Professorial Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge. After a BSc in Microbiology (Strathclyde University) and a PhD for research on Phage-host interactions in Rhizobium (Warwick University) he did postdoctoral work on the molecular biology of bacterial cell division (Edinburgh University). George lectured at the University of Kent at Canterbury, then Warwick University, where he became Professor of Microbiology (1993) before moving to Cambridge in 1996 (MA; 2000 and ScD; 2006) He has also worked at Celgene Corporation, in New Jersey, USA (Celgene Sabbatical Fellow) and the CNRS, Marseille, France (Senior Ciba-Geigy Fellow).

Some of his current and past professional activities include: Governing Council of the John Innes Centre, Norwich; Governing Board and Science Committee of the Scottish Crop Research Institute, Dundee; Council of the Federation of European Microbiological Societies; International Secretary and Member of Council of the Society for General Microbiology (SGM); Convener of the Physiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics Group Committee (SGM); Governing Body, Wolfson College, Cambridge; Science Unions Committee, Royal Society; Pathogen Sequencing Advisory Group, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, and the College of Experts (infection and immunity), Medical Research Council. He has served on multiple BBSRC committees (including Plants and Microbial Sciences Committee; Chair, Research Equipment Initiative; and Chair of Research Institute Assessment for Plants and Microbes, Quality of Science). He also chaired the Research Institute Quality of Science (Plants) review for SEERAD, Scotland.  He was a member of the Scientific Advisory Board, NSC Technologies (Illinois, USA) and has been a member of the Editorial Boards of eight microbiology and plant pathology journals, including MPP-on line, MPP, MPMI and EJPP.

His current research interests include the phytopathogenesis of Erwinia (Pectobacterium) as a potato soft rot/blackleg pathogen; common themes in molecular pathogenesis in Gram-negative bacterial pathogens of plants and animals; quorum sensing systems in plant and animal pathogens; virulence factor secretion systems in Erwinia; bioactive secondary metabolites (including antibiotics) from Erwinia and other enterobacteria, bacterial pathogen cell surfaces, and bacteriophages.