***Update*** You can now view Stephen’s Fleming Prize Lecture on the Microbiology Society website:
Professor Stephen Baker, head of OUCRU’s Enteric Infections group, has been awarded the prestigious 2017 Fleming Prize by the Microbiology Society.
The Prize is named after Sir Alexander Fleming, founder and first President of the Society for General Microbiology (1945–1947), and is awarded to an early career researcher who has achieved an outstanding research record.
Stephen has been recognized for his work on enteric diseases, such as norovirus, Shigella spp. and Salmonella typhi, which cause a significant disease burden in low- and middle-income countries. His recent work has looked at the evolution and spread of antibiotic resistance, and he combines genomics and epidemiology to provide a better understanding of disease outbreaks. Although working in Vietnam, Stephen also manages research programmes in Nepal and Indonesia, looking at the genetics, epidemiology and treatment of enteric infections.
Steve said of his award: “Winning the Fleming Prize from the Microbiology Society is an unexpected but fantastic honour. Looking down the list at previous winners is pretty intimidating, and I hope I can continue in following a similar career path as some of them.”
For more information about the Fleming Prize, see the Microbiology Society website