Sutton, Dr Julian K

MA(Oxon), BMBCh, DPhil, MSc, MRCP, FRCPath


Medical microbiology and infectious diseases

Training and education

  • Oxford University medical school, 1988 to 1994.
  • Pre-registration house officer posts in Oxford and Bath, senior house officer posts at the Hammersmith, Whittington, Royal Free and National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, and specialist registrar post at Ealing Hospital, 1994 to 1999.
  • Joint trainee in microbiology and infectious diseases, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, 2003 to 2008. 
  • Locum consultant, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, 2008.


  • Medical Research Council clinical research training fellowship, Oxford, 1999 to 2003.
  • Yamanouchi Research Fellowship, Green College, Oxford, 2000.


Dr Sutton is a consultant in medical microbiology and infectious diseases, and has worked for the Trust since September 2008.

He has research experience in molecular and cellular immunology, gained during his time as a medical student at Oxford, on elective in the Gambia and through his clinical research training fellowship. Dr Sutton was one of the first dual microbiology/virology and infectious diseases trainees, and has benefited from broad-based training, incorporating both laboratory and clinical aspects of the management of patients with infection.

During his clinical and academic training, Dr Sutton developed a strong interest in public health microbiology including surveillance and research.

Key achievements

  • Demonstrating evidence for partially protective T cell-mediated immunity to HIV in exposed, but uninfected sex workers.
  • Taking the role of Health Protection Agency (HPA) clinical lead for research and development for the South East region.

Awards and prizes

  • Martin Wronker Prize for best experimental dissertation, final honours school.
  • Physiological Sciences, 1990.
  • Gotch Memorial prize for meritorious postgraduate research in a laboratory of the University of Oxford, 1993.
  • Keystone Symposia Scholarship, 2002.


  • HIV-specific cytotoxic T-cells in HIV-exposed but uninfected Gambian women. Nature Medicine  1995.  1: 59-64.
  • A sequence pattern presented to cytotoxic T cell lymphocytes by HLA-B8 revealed by analysis of epitopes and eluted peptides.  European Journal of Immunology  1993.  23: 447-453.
  • Co-author of a chapter on Infectious Diseases for the Oxford Handbook of Key Clinical Evidence, submitted for publication by the Oxford University Press, 2009.