Member profile

Dr Donald Morrison

Last updated: 28 October 2022


Dr Morrison is a microbiologist of 30 years’ plus experience working in the field of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). He was a clinical scientist/microbiologist in public health and medical microbiology laboratories for 21 years at the UK Health Security Agency national reference laboratory and the Scottish MRSA Reference Laboratory. His present post is as a lecturer in microbiology at Edinburgh Napier University, including teaching responsibilities in Hong Kong and Sri Lanka. His work on AMR has covered the three domains - human, animal and environment - of a One Health approach, publishing widely and involved in various national and international research projects. Projects have included collaboration with key stakeholders including Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Scottish Water, NovaBiotics Ltd, Schuelke & Mayr and the Forth Rivers Trust. He is also involved in various research networks including the EU NEREUS cost action network, JPIAMR global network, the Scotland-India Antimicrobial Resistance in the Environment Network (SIAMREN), Scottish Environmental AMR Group and the Edinburgh AMR Forum Working Group. He has provided expert advice to SEPA, the Scottish Government AMR group (AMR in the Environment in Scotland & Stakeholders) and contributed to two national AMR reports (SONAAR and the UK Veterinary Medicines Directorate 3rd UK One Health Report). He is an editor for JAC-AMR, a British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy journal, is regularly engaged in peer review of manuscripts and is a member of several microbiology societies (BSAC, SfAM and Microbiology society). In addition, he has reviewed research funding applications for the Scottish Government and the UK Medical Research Council.

Register of Interests



Category of Interest

Organisation/body and nature of interest (period)

Direct employment

Edinburgh Napier University (Employee) (2014-present)

Other fee-paid work from relevant organisations, consultancies

Editor JAC-AMR (2022-present)

PhD external examiner

Research funding application reviewer

Other personal interests

Member of British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy

Society for Applied Microbiology

Microbiology Society

Historical Interests


Category of Interest Organisation/body and nature of interest (period)

Direct employment

Laboratory of Hospital Infection, Central Public Health Laboratory (now UKHSA)) (1986-1997)

Scottish MRSA Reference Laboratory (1997-207)

Membership, affiliation, trusteeships or decision-making position with relevant organisations

Member of Working Group 1 - EU New and Emerging challenges and opportunities in wastewater reuse (NEREUS) Network Cost Action Network (ES1403) (2015-18)

Member of UK MRSA Working Party (BSAC/HIS) Sub-Committee C (Laboratory Diagnostics) (2004-2007)

Member of the International Union of Microbiological Societies, Subcommittee on Typing of Staphylococci (2000-2007)

Member of European Study Group on Epidemiology Markers (European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease) (2000-2007)

Provide expert advice to the European Commission’s Scientific Committee for Animal Nutrition Working Group. (1996)

Member of the UK Enterococcal Working Party of the Hospital Infection Society (1994-1998)


Member of Scientific societies:

Scottish Microbiology Forum (2003-2007)

British Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (2001-2007)

European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease

Scottish Microbiology Association (2000-2007)

American Society for Microbiology (1997-2007)

Pathology Society of Great Britain & Ireland (1996-2000)

Hospital Infection Society (1995-2007)

Association of Clinical Microbiologists (1990-2007)

Society of General Microbiology (1983-2007)