Professor Derrick Crook

Professor of Microbiology

Professor Derrick Crook MBBCh, FRCP, FRCPath is Professor of Microbiology, Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford and Infectious Diseases Physician, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust.

He studied Medicine at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa; obtained the Diploma of Tropical Medicine (London), specialised in internal medicine at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA, and completed a fellowship in infectious diseases at the Tufts New England Medical Center, Boston, USA. He obtained his US boards in both internal medicine and infectious diseases. He trained in clinical microbiology at the John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford and obtained both his FRCP and FRCPath. He stood down after five years as director of the National Infection Service in 2019. He is a practising clinical microbiologist and infectious diseases physician at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust.

He is co-director of the Oxford Biomedical Research, Infection Theme, and leads a large research consortium, Modernising Medical Microbiology, which focuses on translating whole pathogen sequencing into routine clinical and public health practice. He is the principle investigator of a large 20-country international research programme, CRyPTIC, which aims to comprehensively describe the genomic variation that confers anti-tuberculosis drug resistance.