Dr Elizabeth Ilett

Dr Elizabeth Ilett


Having graduated with a BA in Biochemistry from the University of Oxford, I later took an MSc in Immunology and Allergy at the University of Nottingham.  After working for a short time as a research technician in Professor Maria Placzek’s Developmental Genetics team at the University of Sheffield, I joined Professor 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 now lead the Oncolytic Viruses and Immunotherapy Research Group.

Research interests

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.


  • PhD Exosomes for Cancer Immunotherapy
  • MSc Immunology and Allergy
  • BA (Hons) Biochemistry

Professional memberships

  • British Society for Immunology

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Medical Research at St James's
  • Cancer
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