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.

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 Schools's application for a departmental award.



Media Activity

  • BBC4 After Life: The Strange Science of Decay
  • 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!
  • The Conversation (September 2016)
  • The Conversation (August 2015)
  • The Conversation (December 2015)
  • News media commentator
  • SfAM spokesperson


Fellowships and Awards

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


Public Engagement Activity

  • Bright Club
  • Fun Palace Wester Hailes
  • Beltane Annual Gathering
  • Café Scientifique St Andrews
  • Edinburgh Fringe Festival
  • Explorathon Bright Club


Invited Speaker

  • New Lecturer Research Award Lecture, SfAM Summer Conference
  • The Antimicrobial Crisis: #AlternativeFact or #ActualFact
  • 2017
  • Intersectionality in STEM


Research Degree External Examining

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


Editorial Activity

  • Features Editor
  • Editorial Board


Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Chair, Policy Sub-committee (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
  • Executive Committee member and Trustee SfAM (2010 – 2014).
  • Council member - Federation of European Microbiology Societies
  • General Secretary and Trustee Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM).
  • CIFAR Roundtable at Canada House
  • Royal Society of Biology Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Group
  • Policy Working Group Lead - FEMS



  • Peer Review - Grants
  • Peer Review - Journals


External Examining/Validations

  • External Examiner - University of Bradford


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


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