Prof. Sir John Irving Bell

CV as per end of term

Personal Data

Nationality: Canadian/British
Year of Birth: July 1, 1952


  • 1966-1971
    Ridley College, Canada
  • 1975
    B Med Sci (Honours). University of Alberta
  • 1976
    BA (Honours), Physiological Sciences, 1st Class, Magdalen College, Oxford University
  • 1979
    BM, BCh. Magdalen College, Oxford University
  • 1990
    DM Magdalen College, Oxford University
  • 1992
    FRCP Royal College of Physicians, London

Posts previously held

  • 1979-1982
    Postgraduate Clinical Training in Oxford and London
  • 1982-1987
    Clinical Fellow, Department of Medicine, Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA
  • 1982-1987
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Medical Microbiology, Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA
  • 1987-1989
    Wellcome Senior Clinical Fellow and Honorary Consultant
    Physician, Nuffield Departments of Clinical Medicine and Surgery, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford
  • 1989-1992
    University Lecturer, Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine, Oxford University
  • 1992-2002
    Nuffield Professor of Clinical Medicine, Oxford University
  • 2006-2011
    President, Academy of Medical Sciences, UK

University posts currently held

  • since 1987
    Hon. Consultant Physician, Oxford Radcliffe NHS Trust
  • since 1993
    Founder, Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics
  • since 1999
    Chairman, Partnership Board, Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism
  • since 2002
    Regius Professor of Medicine
  • since 2008
    Knighted in the 2008 Honours list for Services to Medicine
  • since 2009
    Fellow of the Royal Society
  • since 2015
    Appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE)

Other Activities / Memberships

  • Immunocore Ltd, Chairman
  • Genentech, Non-Executive Director
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Chair, Global Health Program Advisory Committee
  • Robertson Foundation, Advisor
  • Ewelme Almshouse Charity, Master/Trustee
  • The Rhodes Trust, Chair
  • Genome England Ltd, Non-Executive Director
  • Genome England Ltd Scientific Advisory Board, Chairman
  • Oak Foundation, Advisor
  • Early Disease Detection Research Platform UK, Chair