Dr Vanessa Wong is a Consultant in Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and the Gastrointestinal Infections and Food Safety (One Health) Division, UKHSA, in London. Her research interests include pathogen genomics, antimicrobial resistance and public health. She undertook her medical degree at the University of Oxford and has trained in Nottingham, London and Cambridge. During training she was also awarded a PhD with Gordon Dougan at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, University of Cambridge, for her public health work on the global surveillance of Salmonella Typhi (S. Typhi), the causative agent of typhoid fever. This work led to the reclassification of S. Typhi and the development of a simple genotyping scheme to track the disease. Her work has been presented widely and she has received awards for her research including the Gold Research Award, Royal College of Pathologists, London and Young Investigator Award, Academy of Medical Sciences, as well as public engagement activities (Furness Prize for Science Communication, Royal College of Pathologists, London).