Professor David Livermore gained his BSc in 1978 and PhD in 1983. He worked at the London Hospital Medical College from 1980 to ‘97 then joined the Public Health Laboratory Service (now Public Health England), becoming Director of its Antibiotic Resistance Monitoring and Reference Laboratory, where he remained until October 2011. He then became Professor of Medical Microbiology at the University of East Anglia, still with sessions supplied to Public Health England as its Lead on Antibiotic Resistance.
Prof Livermore has a long track record of research and publication on the evolution and epidemiology of antibiotic resistance, particularly -lactamases. He has edited for several journals, presently including the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents. He serves on the Government’s Antimicrobial Resistance & Healthcare Associated Infection Advisory Committee, and contributed extensively to the Chief Medical Officer for England’s 2011 Annual Report.