Dr Elizabeth  Ilett

Dr Elizabeth Ilett

Senior Research Fellow

+44(0)113 343 8448

Summary: I am a Senior Research Fellow currently developing my career as an independent researcher leading the Oncolytic Viruses and Immunotherapy Group

Location: Level 5 Wellcome Trust Brenner Building, St James's University Hospital


I graduated with a BA in Biochemistry from the University of Oxford and later took an MSc in Immunology and Allergy at the University of Nottingham.  After working for a short time as a research technician in Prof Maria Placzek’s Developmental Genetics team at the University of Sheffield, I joined Prof Alan Melcher’s Targeted and Biological Therapies lab in Leeds as a PhD student and continued to work in this group as a postdoc for several years. I am now establishing my own research group – Oncolytic Viruses and Immunology Group.

My research is focused on oncolytic virotherapy for cancer, particularly with respect to the immunological potential of oncolytic viruses in generating anti-tumour immunity. I use human in vitro and murine in vivo models, mainly of melanoma, prostate and pancreatic cancer. I also study the effect of anti-viral immune responses on the systemic delivery of oncolytic viruses to tumours.