Professor Colin Hewitt

Professor in Immunology & Head of School of Biological Sciences

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 5587
Fax: +44 (0)116 252 3378


Dr Colin Hewitt

Colin Hewitt studied Immunology at King’s College London with an industrial year at the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology. After graduating with a first class BSc, he studied for a PhD in human T cell immunology starting at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund Tumour Immunology Unit at University College London and moving with the lab to Charing Cross Hospital Medical School, Imperial College London, where he finished his PhD.

After obtaining his PhD, Colin worked on the cloning and expression of antigen specific human T cell antigen receptors at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund Laboratories at Lincolns Inn Fields, London and then on superantigens and house dust mite allergens at St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College London.

In 1993, Colin joined the newly opened Centre for Mechanisms of Human Toxicity at the University of Leicester University on a joint MRC - University of Leicester Fellowship. Here, he worked on the immunological mechanisms of allergies to antibiotics, the allergenicity of house dust mites, immunological responses to therapeutic streptokinase, and respiratory virus exacerbated asthma and childhood wheeze.

In 2001, he was appointed Lecturer in Immunology in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Leicester and in 2004 moved to the Department of Genetics.

Colin is a licenced bird ringer and contributes ringing and biometric data to the British Trust for Ornithology. These data on the abundance, survival of adults and chicks, breeding success and migratory movements are used in nationally coordinated studies of bird demographics conducted by the BTO.



Research Interests





BS3012 Infection and Immunity - Lecturer and module convenor

BS3031 Human Genetics - Lecturer

MB2050 Targeting Biochemical Knowledge to Medical Problems - Lecturer

Phase 1 MBChB Special Science Study Module (MB2050) - Lecturer

BS1005 Genes - Tutor

BSc Immunology - Degree Convenor (2000 - 2007)



Other Responsibilities


Chair of the School of Biological Sciences Board of Examiners

Chair of the School of Biological Sciences Mitigating Circumstances Committee

School of Biological Sciences Plagiarism Officer

Member of School of Biological Sciences Board of Studies

Member of Biological Sciences (Microbiology) Teaching Team

Member of Biological Sciences (Genetics) Teaching Team

Member of School of Biological Sciences Student Staff Liaison Committee

Postgraduate Taught

Chair of the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology Board of Studies for the MScs in Molecular and Medical Bioscience

MSc in Molecular Genetics - Deputy Convenor

Plagiarism Officer for 5 MScs in Molecular and Medical Biosciences

Member of the Taught Postgraduate Programmes Committee

Member of the College Academic Committee

Member of the MSc in Molecular Genetics Teaching Team

Member of the Boards of Examiners for

·         MSc Bioinformatics

·         MSc Cancer Cell and Molecular Biology

·         MSc Chronic Disease and Inflammation

·         MSc Infection & Immunity

·         MSc Molecular Genetics

MSc Molecular Pathology and Toxicology

Research Project Modules Coordinator for 5 MScs in Molecular and Medical Biosciences -


Chair of the Department of Genetics Athena Committee

Undergraduate Research Project Modules Coordinator, Department of Genetics


Member of the University Programme Development Committee

Member of the University Athena Swan Working Group



PhD Projects

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University of Leicester

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