Joint Programming Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance

Paul Williams

Paul Williams is currently Professor of Molecular Microbiology in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham U.K. He graduated in pharmacy in 1979 prior to undertaking a Ph.D in microbiology (1984). In 1996 he was appointed to the Directorship of the Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation until 2008 when he became Head of the School of Molecular Medical Sciences, University of Nottingham. His research interests focus primarily on the regulation of gene expression through cell-cell communication (quorum sensing) in pathogenic bacteria and the development of novel anti-infective agents and bacterial attachment resistant polymers. He has published some 280 research papers, reviews and book chapters and patents. For his quorum sensing research he was awarded the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain Conference Science Medal (1992), Pfizer prize in Pharmaceutical Sciences (1994) and the Society for General Microbiology Colworth Prize Lecture in 2007. Prof. Williams has served on the editorial/advisory boards of Environmental Microbiology, Journal of Bacteriology Microbiology, FEMS Microbiology Letters, Biofilms, International Journal of Medical Microbiology and Molecular Microbiology. He has also been a member of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council U.K. (Plants and Microbes Committee), the Medical Research Council U.K. Advisory Board, the Medical Research Council U.K. College of Experts, the Infection Group of the Society for General Microbiology and was a specialist advisor for the UK RAE2008 research selectivity exercise.