Biomedical sciences

Chris Stewart

Member since 2023

Occupation: Research Fellow at Newcastle University

I want all people to have opportunities to succeed and contribute positively to society by doing something they are passionate about, regardless of their background.


Chris Stewart is a Research Fellow and Group Leader at Newcastle University. He gained his PhD in Microbial Ecology at Northumbria University in 2014, followed by postdoctoral training at Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, Texas), before moving to Newcastle University in 2018. His research group studies how bacteria colonise infants from birth and how this impacts health and disease, with a special focus on infants born premature (before 32 weeks gestation). He has received several prizes for his work including a 2021 Lister Institute Research Prize and the 2022 Microbiology Society Fleming Prize.

Chris has worked closely with outreach organisations and in patient and public engagement. He is a part of the Medical Advisory Panel for NEC-UK, a national charity supporting families affected by a common disease of preterm infants called necrotising enterocolitis. He has also worked with the media across TV, radio, and written news.


  • AI (Artificial Intelligence) and data
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Better funding for early career researchers
  • Education, ages 5-11
  • Engaging under-represented audiences
  • Public Health messaging
  • Research culture
  • Research translation
  • Social change
  • Unconscious bias