We are delighted to congratulate Professor Martin Maiden, who has been chosen as the recipient of the Marjory Stephenson Prize and its associated lecture by the Microbiology Society. The prize is awarded annually to an individual who has made exceptional contributions to the discipline of microbiology.
The Marjory Stephenson Prize recognises his work in translating high-quality basic science into practical public health benefits, especially in bacterial vaccines, vaccination, and food safety. This has included leading and participating in large national and international studies to understand the impact of vaccines and the development of widely-adopted genomic approaches.
He said of the award: “Having been associated with the Society since my undergraduate days, some 40 years ago, this recognition of my work could not mean more to me. Throughout my career, I have been very been very fortunate to work closely with inspiring microbiologists from around the world and this is a wonderful opportunity to thank my many colleagues and collaborators. I have strived to apply the highest-quality science to alleviating the impact of infectious diseases, while combining research with education at all levels. The need for the synthesis of these activities as great as ever and I shall do my utmost to use the award as a platform to further this goal.”
The prize will be awarded at the Microbiology Society’s digital conference in April 2021, where the winners will also present their lectures.