Adrian V. S. Hill

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Adrian Hill
BornAdrian Vivian Sinton Hill
9 October 1958 Edit this on Wikidata (age 61)
Dublin, Ireland
Alma mater
Spouse(s)Sunetra Gupta (divorced)
Website Edit this on Wikidata
Scientific career
ThesisThe distribution and molecular basis of thalassaemia in Oceania Edit this on Wikidata (1986)
Doctoral advisorJohn Brian Clegg, David Weatherall
Doctoral studentsHelen McShane[1]
Other notable studentsSarah Gilbert

Adrian Vivian Sinton Hill (born 1958)[2] FMedSci FRCP is a vaccinologist, director of the Jenner Institute, Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Oxford, Consultant Physician and Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford.[3][4] Hill is jointly leading in research to produce a vaccine for COVID-19 along with Professor Andrew Pollard of the Oxford Vaccine Group.

Early life and education[edit]

Hill was educated at Belvedere College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin and the University of Oxford where he was awarded Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1986[5] for research on thalassemia supervised by John B. Clegg [Wikidata].[3][6]

Career and research[edit]

During his time at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics his research group studied genetic susceptibility to infections such as malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV. He is now[when?] developing vaccines which produce cellular (T-cell) immunity using Adenovirus and Modified vaccinia Ankara (MVA) viral vector vaccines in a prime-boost regime.[7] His group has developed vaccines against malaria which were tested in clinical trials.[8] In 2014 he led a clinical trial of an Ebola vaccine (cAd3-ZEBOV) in response to the West African Ebola virus epidemic.[7][9][10] In 2014 Adrian was appointed a director of Vaccitech, an Oxford University spin-off.[11]

Honours and awards[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Hill has two children with his former wife, Sunetra Gupta.[2][14]


  1. ^ Mcshane, Helen Irene (2002). Immunisation strategies for enhancing T cell responses against M. tuberculosis. (PhD thesis). University of London. OCLC 1000835837. EThOS
  2. ^ a b c d Anon (2017). "Hill, Prof. Adrian Vivian Sinton". Who's Who. (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U59812. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  3. ^ a b "Professor Adrian Hill, Magdalen College Oxford". University of Oxford. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  4. ^ Adrian V. S. Hill publications from Europe PubMed Central
  5. ^ Hill, Adrian Vivian Sinton (1986). The distribution and molecular basis of thalassaemia in Oceania. (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. OCLC 59703987. EThOS
  6. ^ "Professor Adrian Hill". Oxford Martin School. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Professor Adrian VS Hill - Nuffield Department of Medicine". Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Adrian Hill: Malaria Vaccines - Nuffield Department of Medicine". Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  9. ^ University of Oxford (11 March 2016), Oxford London Lecture 2016: Vaccines for Ebola: Tackling a Market Failure, retrieved 17 February 2018
  10. ^ Oxford Martin School (26 November 2015), Prevent and protect: vaccines and immune responses, retrieved 17 February 2018
  11. ^ "Our Team - Vaccitech". Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  12. ^ a b "Accelerating vaccine development". Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  13. ^ "Adrian Hill". The Conversation. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  14. ^ Loder, Natasha (22 June 2000). "Oxford scientist wins the battle for her reputation". Telegraph. Retrieved 25 January 2016.