Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Infectious Disease

Visiting Professor







Commonwealth BuildingHammersmith Campus





Prof Neil Woodford  is the Public Health England (PHE) Lead for the Applied Molecular Bacteriology theme of the National Institute for Health Research Health Protection Research Unit in Healthcare Associated Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance.  Professor Woodford directs the research in theme with Professor Shiranee Sriskandan, the Imperial College Lead.

The HPRU, which was established on 01 April 2014, is a partnership between Imperial College London, Public Health England, Cambridge University Veterinary School, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and Imperial College Health Partners North West London Academic Health Science Network. The Unit was funded along with 12 others, in priority areas from immunisation to radiation hazards, to bring Universities to work in partnership with Public Health England to support excellent health protection research relevant to the needs of Public Health England.

Professor Woodford is also the Head of the Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infections (AMRHAI) Reference Unit at Public Health England.  He is an international expert in molecular detection of the genetic determinants of key resistances through AMRHAI.

He has worked on antibiotic resistance for over 25 years, and has co-authored more than 250 publications, edited three books on the subject and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists on the basis of his published works. He served for 10 years as an Editor of the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, and is on the Editorial Board of  Microbial Drug Resistance.