Dr Fiona Errington-Mais

Dr Fiona Errington-Mais


Dr Errington-Mais obtained a 1st Class Biochemistry degree (BSc Honours) in 1997 (Newcastle University) and completed a PhD with Professor C. Austin in 2000, at Newcastle University. This PhD, which focused on the specificity of different topoisomerase inhibitors for the treatment of Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML), forged an interest in translational cancer research. In 2001, Dr Errington-Mais joined Prof A. Melcher and the University of Leeds and continued to work in cancer research; investigating novel immunotherapies to facilitate the development of anti-tumour immunity.  In 2013, Dr Errington-Mais was awarded a YCR Researcher Award to develop an independent academic research career, and was appointed as an academic lecturer in December 2014.


  • Post Graduate Research Tutor
  • Biological Safety Committee
  • Athena SWAN Self-assessment team

Research interests

Dr Errington-Mais works in the field of cancer immunotherapy, focusing on the efficacy of oncolytic viruses (cancer-bursting viruses) for the treatment of both haematological malignancies and solid malignancies. Dr Errington-Mais has made a significant contribution to the oncolytic virus field, demontrating their potential as direct lytic agents and, more importantly,  immune modulators capable of boosting both innate and adaptive anti-tumour immune responses.

Dr Errington-Mais primary research focus is to gain a better understanding of the molecular and cellular mechanisms required for oncolytic virus efficacy, either as direct lytic agents or immunotherapies, to aid their development in terms of patient stratification and combination therapeutics with enhanced patient benefit.


  • Ist Class BSc (Honours)
  • PhD

Student education

Dr Errington-Mais plays a role in student education both at under-graduate and post-graduate level.  Dr Errington-Mais is also a post graduate research tutor (PGRT).

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Medical Research at St James's
  • Infection and Immunity
  • Breast Cancer Research Group
<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>
    <li><a href="//phd.leeds.ac.uk/project/58-cancer:-developing-3d-multicellular-tumour-spheroid-models-to-assess-epa-oncolytic-viruses-combination-therapies-in-vitro">Cancer: Developing 3D multicellular tumour spheroid models to assess EPA-oncolytic viruses combination therapies in vitro</a></li>