Dr Emma Boldock MB BS MA (Hons) Cantab MSc MRCP FRCPath PhD

Dr Emma BoldockNIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in Microbiology

Department of Infection, Immunity & Cardiovascular Disease
University of Sheffield
Medical School
Beech Hill Road
S10 2RX

Office: LU108
Tel: +44 (0)114 215 9522
Email:  e.boldock@sheffield.ac.uk


I completed my undergraduate medical training in 2007 and after general medical and surgical rotations in London, moved to Sheffield for higher specialist training in Medical Microbiology. I obtained an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship in 2011 and was awarded a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Training Fellowship (2013-2016) under the supervision of Professor Simon Foster and Professor Stephen Renshaw, investigating Staphylococcus aureus virulence.

After completing my PhD, I was appointed to NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer (2016) in the Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease. I am an Honorary Specialist Training Registrar in Microbiology at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Research Interests:

My main research interest focuses on understanding the initial stages of Staphylococcus aureus infection and the role of surrounding commensal flora.

Models of S. aureus infection require a high inoculum, thought to be due to allowing bacteria to be able to compete in vivo. However, previous work has demonstrated that only a few bacteria, from the inoculum, succeed in passing through an immunological bottleneck and causing infection. Thus, I am interested in understanding the role of the rest of the inoculum. Infection of humans will always occur via a polymicrobial inoculum and improved understanding of these processes will have clinical translation.

Teaching Interests:

I help to deliver the undergraduate (MBChB) Microbiology/Infection curriculum at the University of Sheffield and postgraduate regional infection teaching for Core Medical and Higher Specialist Trainees at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.

Professional Activities:

  • Member of Hospital Infection Society (HIS) Council (2016 to date)
  • Trainee representative on Yorkshire Specialist Training Committee for Microbiology (2016 to date)
  • Vice Chair of Trainees Advisory Committee, The Royal College of Pathologists (2012-2014)
  • Trainee representative on Academic Activities and Conferences Committee, The Royal College of Pathologists (2010-2012)

Current Projects:

  • to elucidate in vivo mechanisms of S. aureus infection and how this is effected by the surrounding microflora
  • to identify S. aureus components required for growth on human blood and disease


N.B. Emma Boldock (née Johnson)

Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers

Theses / Dissertations

  • Boldock E (2016) Analysis of Staphylococcus aureus virulence. RIS download Bibtex download