Professor Adrian Hill

Professor of Human Genetics

Oxford Martin Senior Alumni Fellow

Professor Adrian Hill was a Co-Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Vaccines from 2010-2015.

Adrian Hill read medicine and then undertook a DPhil in molecular medicine focused on the genetics of Pacific Islanders. He joined the then new Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine as a Wellcome Senior Fellow in 1988 and began work on immunogenetics in West Africa that led to his current interest in malaria vaccine design and development.

He is Professor of Human Genetics and a Fellow by Special Election at Magdalen. He is Director of the Jenner Institute which focuses on designing and developing vaccines for infectious diseases prevalent in developing countries, such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. He also heads a group at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics which studies genetic susceptibility factors for common bacterial diseases.

He is a passionate believer in the power of molecular medicine to design and deliver new health care interventions that will improve the lives of the poorest billion in sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere. His own vaccine research programme has developed one of the most promising potential vaccines for malaria which is currently in large scale trials in infants in sub-Saharan Africa.