Dr Beryl Oppenheim undertook her medical training at the University of the Witwatersrand and subsequently trained in Medical Microbiology in South Africa and the United Kingdom. She worked as a Consultant Microbiologist in the National Health Service in England for many years, both as Director of two large Public Health Laboratories and as Director of Infection Prevention and Control for two acute hospitals. Her main research interests have been antimicrobial resistance, infection prevention, and infections in the critically ill and immunocompromised host. She has published widely with more than 100 peer reviewed publications. Dr Oppenheim took up a post as Senior Director, Medical Affairs at Cepheid in 2017.