Professor of Molecular Microbiology, Cambridge University, and Professorial Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge.
George is a member of the Board of Directors of the James Hutton Institute and a former Governor of the Scottish Crop Research Institute and the John Innes Centre. He was President of the British Society for Plant Pathology, International Secretary and Council Member of the Society for General Microbiology, and Member of Council of the Federation of European Microbiological Societies. He has served on many national and international research funding and science quality review panels, including the Science Unions Committee of the Royal Society, RSE, SEERAD, BBSRC, and the Pathogen Sequencing Advisory Group of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. His research includes work on virulence in bacterial pathogens of animals and plants; bacterial intercellular chemical communication (“quorum sensing”); bioactive secondary metabolites (including antibiotics and anti-cancer molecules); protein secretion systems, bacterial gas vesicles, bacterial viruses, and anti-viral toxin-antitoxin systems.