Elliott studied for his BSc in Biochemistry at the University of Bristol, including a sandwich year working on Rab proteins in mycobacterial infection of macrophages in Max’s lab at the National Institute for Medical Research. For his final year project Elliott investigated the effect of cancer associated mutations in Atg16L1 on autophagic function in Jon Lane’s lab. Following this he started his PhD establishing human induced pluripotent stem cell derived macrophages to study host-pathogen interactions in Mtb infection, focussing especially on the role of xenophagy. Having submitted his thesis in December 2020 he is now continuing his work on autophagy protein functions in Mtb infection before moving to a postdoc later in 2021.
Area of interest
Elliott’s interests revolve around using live-cell fluorescence imaging to probe the dynamic events occurring within cells and pairing this with the power of electron microscopy to resolve ultrastructural details of these processes.
Outside the lab
When not looking after his cells Elliott enjoys escaping to the countryside and mountains to go hiking, spending time in the kitchen baking and volunteering with St John Ambulance.