Oriel Welcomes New Fellow Professor Tim Elliott

  • Professor Tim Elliott and Lord Neil Mendoza in Oriel College's Front Quad
    Professor Tim Elliott and Provost Lord Mendoza
20 January, 2021

Professor Elliott, who joined the College in January, has taken up the new post of Kidani Chair of Immuno-Oncology.

Professor Elliott joined Oxford from the University of Southampton, where he was Professor of Experimental Oncology from 2000. Five years after arriving at Southampton he became Associate Dean for the Faculty of Medicine. In 2015 he stepped down from this role to take up the post of interim Pro Vice Chancellor (Research) for the University of Southampton. He was the Founding Director of the new Southampton Centre for Cancer Immunology which opened in 2018, and Deputy Director of the interdisciplinary Southampton Institute for Life Sciences for which he is now an external consultant.

Professor Elliott studied for his undergraduate degree at Balliol College and left with a First in Biochemistry. He completed his PhD in cancer immunotherapy at the University of Southampton in 1986. He did his postdoctoral training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Herman Eisen at the Center for Cancer Research.

In 1990 he returned to the University of Oxford to join the Institute for Molecular Medicine as a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow, joining a key group of immunologists studying antigen presentation at the molecular level. In 1993 he was appointed to a lectureship and later a Professorship at Balliol College, University of Oxford, as a Wellcome Trust Senior Fellow in Basic Biomedical Science. 

He is a world leader in the field of antigen presentation and T cell biology and has incorporated discoveries in the areas of antigen processing, T cell regulation and immunodominance into the development of new cancer immunotherapies and is the recipient of a Royal Society/Wolfson Research Merit Award. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Biology and Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences; founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal Immunotherapy Advances published by the British Society for Immunology; and chairs the Cancer Research UK Cancer Immunology expert review committee.

Professor Elliott was appointed to the Kidani Chair of Immuno-Oncology at the University of Oxford in 2020. He was formally admitted to Oriel's Governing Body on Wednesday 20th January 2021.