Laura Bowater MBE

Academic profile

Professor Laura Bowater MBE

Head of Peninsula Medical School
Peninsula Medical School (Faculty of Health)

The Global Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Laura's work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

Goal 16: SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

About Laura

I am Head of Peninsula Medical School. Alongside this, I am also the Non-Executive Director of University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust.Prior to joining the University, I was Professor of Microbiology Education and Engagement at the Norwich Medical School, as well as Course Director for Medicine with a Gateway Year Programme. I was also the Associate Pro Vice Chancellor for Innovation at UEA, and a Non-Executive Director for the James Paget University Hospital in Great Yarmouth.
I have made contributions to wider society in science communication, microbiology, and antibiotic resistance through public engagement activities and events. I am also a strong advocate for women in STEM. In 2020 I was lucky enough to be awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to research and education in antimicrobial resistance, as recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
My research expertise is in the areas of public engagement, science communication, antibiotic resistance and infection prevention and control.

Supervised Research Degrees

Drury, E. and University of East Anglia (2020) Antibiotics unearthed : antibiotic discovery and citizen science. dissertation. University of East Anglia. Available at:


Microbiology and Antimicrobial Resistance.

Introduction to Public Health.

History of the NHS.


Contact Laura

+44 1752 583432