Clare Taylor

Clare Taylor

Dr Clare Taylor

Senior Lecturer


I am a Senior Lecturer in Medical Microbiology in the School of Applied Sciences. I am a trustee of, and current General Secretary of the Society for Applied Microbiology and in this role I also chair the Society's Policy Sub-Committee. I am an active academic citizen supporting colleagues across to embed inclusive professional practice in microbiology, and science more generally.

My research interests are varied and encompass:
1. Understanding host-pathogen interactions of the intracellular bacteria Salmonella enterica and Listeria monocytogenes, with a view to developing novel microbial diagnostic tools and designing novel approaches to antimicrobial therapy.
2. I also work with internal and external colleagues to understand and exploit the role of different bacteria relevant to human health.

Public Engagement
I am passionate about engaging people with research in microbiology especially on topics related to public health including vaccination and antibiotic resistance. I have performed on these topics at Edinburgh Festival Fringe and have taken part in a range of different activities to diverse audiences.

Academic Leadership
Within School of Applied Sciences I am Head of Student Experience and work with colleagues across the School and University to develop and enhance all aspects of the student experience.
I am chair of the School's Athena SWAN Self Assessment Team and recently led the School's application for a silver departmental award.




Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Invited expert - Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Roundtable on UK-Canada Microbiome research
  • Member Royal Society of Biology Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Group
  • Chair, Policy Sub-committee (SfAM)
  • Council member - Federation of European Microbiology Societies
  • 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
  • Executive Committee member and Trustee SfAM (2010 – 2014).
  • General Secretary and Trustee Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM).


Conference Activity

  • Chair of Local Organizing Committee - FEMS Congress 2019 (Glasgow)
  • Member of Programme Committee - FEMS Congress 2019 (Glasgow)
  • Conference Organizer - Applications of Plant Pathology: From Field to Clinic
  • Invited Meeting Chair - Antimicrobial Resistance: Novel Therapeutics and Drug Discovery, London, UK


Editorial Activity

  • Editorial Board Member Fine Focus Journal
  • Features Editor Microbiologist magazine


External Examining/Validations

  • External Examiner, Undergraduate Microbiology, University of Bradford


Fellowships and Awards

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


Grant Reviewer

  • Peer Reviewer of Grants: British Council Researcher Links/Newton Fund awards; Wellcome Trust Research Grants; Medical Research Council; Society for Applied Microbiology


Invited Speaker

  • Invited Panel Member - Intersectionality in STEM, Equate Scotland, Edinburgh, UK
  • Invited speaker - Dorothy Jones Memorial Lecture, Gateshead, UK
  • Invited speaker - The Antimicrobial Crisis: #AlternativeFact or #ActualFact, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
  • Invited speaker - New Lecturer Research Award Lecture, Dublin, Ireland


Media Activity

  • The Conversation (September 2016) To avoid antibiotic apocalypse, we need to diagnose infections faster (
  • The Conversation (August 2015) Why we’ll all learn to love genetically modified Salmonella in the end (
  • The Conversation (December 2015) ‘Kill switches’ could make genetically modified food more palatable (
  • TV appearance: STV Scotland Tonight (June 2015) discussing Sir Tim Hunt & sexism in science (
  • News media commentator for various media outlets and Science Media Centre
  • TV appearance for STV Edinburgh: Edinburgh Festival 2015 (17/08/15) on STV Edinburgh for Women! Science is Still Not for You!
  • TV appearance & consultancy for BBC4 After Life: The Strange Science of Decay


Membership of Professional Body

  • Member of RSE Young Academy of Scotland


Public Engagement Activity

  • Co-ordinator Fun Palace Wester Hailes at WHALE Arts
  • Workshop delivery - 'Doing Publics', Beltane Annual Gathering, Edinburgh
  • Invited speaker: Women! Science is not for You! at Café Scientifique St Andrews
  • Performer - Bright Club, The Stand Comedy Club
  • Performer - Bright Club for Explorathon 2015, The Stand Comedy Club
  • Performer - Edinburgh Festival Fringe Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas: Women! Science is Not for You! (2017, 2015 & 2014); Antivaxxers are antisocial! (2017); The Antibiotic Apocalypse Threatens us All! (2016); GM Bacteria Could Save Your Life! (2015)


Research Degree External Examining

  • External examiner - PhD (University of Manchester)
  • External Examiner - PhD (University of Manchester)



  • Peer Reviewer of manuscripts for Journals: Microbiology; FEMS Microbiology Letters; Nanotoxicology; BMC Microbiology; British Journal of Pharmacology


Current Post Grad projects

Previous Post Grad projects

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • Co-supervisor of PhD with GLaxoSmithKline and Heriot Watt University