Dr Thwaites qualified from Cambridge University and the United Medical and Dental schools of Guy’s and St Thomas’ and trained in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology in Brighton, the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU) in Vietnam, Imperial College London, and the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in London. His research interests focus on the management of severe bacterial infections, especially those involving the central nervous system.
He has held Wellcome Trust Training (2001-2004) and Intermediate (2006-2011) Fellowships to study tuberculosis, and is currently chief investigator and co-investigator respectively for two large, multi-centre, NIHR-funded, randomised controlled controls investigating adjunctive rifampicin for S. aureus bacteraemia (the ARREST trial), and intravenous versus oral antibiotics for bone and joint infections (the OVIVA trial) in the UK. He is founder and Chairman of the UK Clinical Infection Research Group (UKCIRG).
Between 2011 and 2013 he was a Reader in Infectious Diseases at King’s College London and Honorary Consultant in Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation trust.
In October 2013 he returned to Vietnam to take over from Jeremy Farrar as the Director of OUCRU.