Professor Screaton is the Head of the Medical Sciences Division and responsible for maintaining and further developing the international reputation of Medical Sciences in both research and teaching. He provides vision and leadership across all aspects of the Division’s activities including divisional research strategy, educational policy and standards, the recruitment and retention of outstanding academics, relationships with external funding agencies, interactions with local NHS Foundation Trusts, fundraising, improving diversity and equality, and the use of resources. He works closely with the heads of the 16 departments within the Division and the other University academic divisions to foster strong interdisciplinary links across the spectrum of academic activity and with the colleges to help maintain excellence in teaching for undergraduate and graduate courses.
The Head of Division is a member of University Council and its major committees, which are responsible for determining overall university strategy.
Professor Screaton received his first degree from Cambridge in 1984 before moving to Oxford to complete his medical studies in 1987. He then completed training in general internal medicine and obtained a DPhil from Oxford University in 1998. In 2004, Professor Screaton was appointed to the Chair of Medicine at Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College and became Dean of the Faculty of Medicine in 2015. He returned to Oxford as Head of the Medical Sciences Division in October 2017.
His research, which has been supported by a series of Fellowships awarded by the MRC and Wellcome Trust, has covered a variety of topics from control of RNA processing and apoptosis to immunology. The current interests of his laboratory revolve around the immunology of infectious diseases with a special interest in dengue haemorrhagic fever and Zika, where his research is currently funded by the Wellcome Trust, with active research collaborations in South-East Asia.
Professor Screaton is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, and was made a Founder Senior Investigator in the National Institute for Health and Care Research. He is a Non-Executive Director of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.