Angharad Davies

Angharad Davies bigAngharad Davies is a Clinical Associate Professor at Swansea University Medical School and Honorary Consultant Medical Microbiologist with Public Health Wales.

Angharad graduated in medicine from Cambridge University and as a junior doctor worked in specialties including accident and emergency, general medicine, rheumatology and cardiology, before specialising in medical microbiology at the Royal Free Hospital in London. During specialist training she was appointed to a Medical Research Council Clinical Research Training Fellowship and completed a PhD at University College London, researching dormancy in M. tuberculosis, the bacterium that causes tuberculosis.

As a native Welsh speaker, she wanted to return to Wales, and following a period acting as consultant microbiologist at the Royal Free Hospital she moved to Swansea University.

At Swansea, Angharad has undertaken research into Cryptosporidium (a bug that causes gastrointestinal infections), clinical diagnostics and dormancy in other bacteria. Her work has been funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, WellChild, the Sir Halley Stewart Trust, NISCHR/WORD and the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol among others. She leads the infection, immunity and haematology teaching on the Graduate Entry Medical course and recently set up the Medical School’s Clinical Infection Therapy MSc module. She undertakes clinical microbiology work within Public Health Wales and is the clinical microbiologist for the England & Wales Cryptosporidium Reference Unit.

Angharad is a registered STEM Ambassador and undertakes a range of public engagement and media work, for adults and children of all ages, through the medium of both Welsh and English. She has organised and/or taken part in many University widening access sessions for sixth formers and runs hands-on workshops for primary schools, which she finds particularly rewarding. Children of this age are fascinated by the world around them and how things work - it's the ideal time to introduce them to science.

Outside work, Angharad enjoys writing. She is a past winner of the Medical Research Council’s Max Perutz essay prize, the Royal Society of Medicine’s Norah Schuster Essay prize and the crown for prose at the National Urdd Eisteddfod. Most recently she published a chapter about the wartime work of Joan Curran, a Swansea-born physicist, in the Ada Lovelace Day e-book, which celebrates the work of eminent female scientists. She is a member of a Welsh strict-metre poetry team, which involves competing with more enthusiasm than skill against other teams from across South Wales. Her three young children are in Welsh-medium education.