Professor Tim Mitchell
Tim Mitchell qualified with a BSc in Biological Sciences (Microbiology) from the University of Birmingham in 1983. He was awarded a PhD from the same University in 1986 for his studies on the role of Toxin A in the pathophysiology of disease caused by Clostridium difficile. He obtained a Wellcome Trust Fellowship and spent a year at Erasmus University in Rotterdam studying the effects of bacterial toxins of host cell signaling pathways. He then returned to the UK as a post-doctoral researcher and then Wellcome Trust Fellow at University of Leicester where he learned molecular biology under the tutelage of Graham Boulnois. In 1992 he was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship and in 1996 moved to the University of Glasgow where he was appointed to the Chair of Microbiology. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists in 2004. In 2012 he returned to the University of Birmingham as Professor of Microbial Infection and Immunity. His research is focused on understanding the mechanisms by which bacteria cause disease, in particular the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae and its interaction with host immune system. These studies are aimed at the development of vaccines and therapeutic approaches to prevent and treat bacterial pneumonia and meningitis.