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Prof Timothy SC Hinks

Prof Timothy SC Hinks

Research groups

The Oxford severe asthma MDT and research nurse team

The Oxford severe asthma MDT comprises a team of clinicians, nurses, a specialist pharmacist and an administrator. As a team we seamlessly integrate clinical research with delivery of secondary and tertiary severe asthma care.

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Prof Timothy SC Hinks

BMBCh MA (Cantab) MRCP PhD

Wellcome Trust Fellow & Honorary Consultant

  • Associate Professor and Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellow, Respiratory Immunology, Nuffield Dept of Medicine
  • NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre Senior Research Fellow
  • Honorary Consultant, Oxford Special Airway Service, Respiratory Medicine, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust

Investigating immune responses in asthma and lung infections

Research Interests

My group investigate the immunopathogenesis of airway diseases and pulmonary infections. We have a specific focus on the roles of novel T cell subsets in the mucosal immunology of the airways, particularly in driving inflammation in asthma and during chronic airways infection.

After a background in translational research in T cell immunodiagnostics in tuberculosis I have been funded by fellowships from the Wellcome Trust, Academy of Medical Sciences  and National Institute of Health Research to study novel T cell subsets in the airways in human asthma and more recently the roles of mucosal associated invariant T (MAIT) cells in ex vivo and murine models of infection with Haemophilus influenzae, Legionella and Influenza virus.

Our goal is to better understand the immune responses which protect us from lung infections or can drive airways inflammation, to help develop new treatments to prevent exacerbations of lung diseases and to accelerate the development of improved vaccines. 


Research groups

Current positions

Postdoctoral Scientist

Currently we have a position open for a postdoc - focusing on defining the mechanisms by which bacteria subvert mucosal immunity to establish a niche within the airways. If you are interested, please get in touch by email to find out more. 

Innate T cells in airways disease

Scanning electron micrograph of peripheral blood TCR Va7.2+ T cells interacting with primary human airway epithelial cells in air liquid interface culture.

Airway epithelial cell biology

© Image c/o Maisha Jabeen, Hinks Lab
Primary human bronchial epithelial cells grown at air-liquid interface, showing nuclei (blue), tubulin (green) and mucin MUC5AC (red).

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