Clare Taylor

Clare Taylor

Dr Clare Taylor

Senior Lecturer


Dr Clare Taylor is a Senior Lecturer in Medical Microbiology in the School of Applied Sciences where she also Academic Lead for Student Experience, Athena SWAN Champion, and Public Engagement Lead. She is also General Secretary of the Society for Applied Microbiology, and was awarded a Beltane Public Engagement Fellowship in 2015. Clare is a public engagement enthusiast and is passionate about engaging people with research in microbiology especially on the topics of antimicrobial therapy and antibiotic resistance.


Media Activity

  • Ad hoc scientific consultant to BBC
  • STV Scotland Tonight (June 2015) discussing Sir Tim Hunt & sexism in science (
  • Featured in Edinburgh Festival 2015 (17/08/15) on STV Edinburgh for Women! Science is Still Not for You!
  • SfAM spokesperson
  • The Conversation (August 2015)
  • The Conversation (December 2015)
  • The Conversation (September 2016)


Fellowships and Awards

  • Beltane Public Engagement Fellowship
  • Fellow – Higher Education Academy
  • Scottish Crucible Fellowship


Public Engagement Activity

  • Bright Club – stand-up comedy, The Stand (February 2015)
  • Explorathon Bright Club – stand-up comedy (September 2015).
  • Fun Palace Wester Hailes
  • Café Scientifique (October 2015) (St Andrews) Women! Science is not for You!
  • Edinburgh Fringe Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas: Women! Science is Still Not for You! (2015 & 2014) and GM Bacteria Could Save Your Life! (2015)
  • Workshop – ‘Doing Publics’, Beltane Annual Gathering (May 2015)


Invited Speaker

  • New Lecturer Research Award Lecture, SfAM Summer Conference
  • The Antimicrobial Crisis: #AlternativeFact or #ActualFact


Advisory panels and expert committees/witness

  • Executive Committee member and Trustee SfAM (2010 – 2014).
  • FEMS Communications Network
  • FEMS Council
  • General Secretary and Trustee Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM).
  • Contributor to written evidence for House of Commons Science & Technology Select Committee including ‘Science in emergencies: UK lessons from Ebola’ (2015), ‘Women in STEM careers (2013) and ‘Bridging the “valley of death”: improving the commercialisation
  • Chair, Policy Sub-committee (SfAM)


External Examining/Validations

  • External Examiner - PhD
  • External Examiner


Editorial Activity

  • Features Editor - Microbiologist magazine



  • Reviewer for British Council Researcher Links/Newton Fund awards, Wellcome Trust Research Grants, Reviewer for all SfAM grant schemes
  • Reviewer for Microbiology, FEMS Microbiology Letters, Nanotoxicology, BMC Microbiology


Current Post Grad projects