Professor Julian Hopkin

Professor Julian Hopkin

Rector, Medicine

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 295149

Email address

Welsh language proficiency

Fluent Welsh Speaker
Academic Office - 225
Second Floor
Institute of Life Science 1
Singleton Campus


Professor of Medicine: encompassing a) acute general medicine, and b) specialist lung disease diagnostics and treatments. Medical Centres at Cardiff, Oxford, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Oxford, and Swansea (1972-2010) 

Fellow, Brasenose College, Oxford (1992-1998) 

Visiting Professor: Osaka, Rome (Tor Vergata), Kyoto

MB (Wales) 1972; MSc Genetics (Edin) 1978; MD (Wales) 1981; MA (Oxon) 1992 


Areas Of Expertise

  • Clinical Medicine
  • Fundamental research into lung diseases:-
  • genetics
  • immunity
  • microbiology

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

Founding Head, Swansea School of Medicine 2001-2008 

Career-long interest in bed-side teaching of clinical students. 

Career-long lecturing to medical students – emphasising the link between clinical disorder, bio-pathology, and therapeutics  

Chairman, St David’s Medical Foundation - the charity which specifically raises funds (currently some £750K) in support of teaching and research at School of Medicine 



Founding Head, Swansea School of Medicine’s Institute of Life Science, 2006 

Executive Editor, Quarterly Journal Of Medicine (Oxford University Press) 2001-2009

Original Publications: circa 120, h-index 57: genetics, immunity, and pathogens in lung diseases  

Author of monograph: Pneumocystis carinii, Oxford University Press, 1991 (clinical and scientific aspects of an opportunistic pathogen of the lung)   

Award Highlights

Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, 2005 

Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales, 2011 

Commander of the Order of British Empire (CBE),  2011 (Services to Medicine) 

Joint Winner of the 2001 Daiwa-Adrian Prize in Medicine with Dr Taro Shirakawa: Genetic variants of Th-2 immune signalling in respiratory allergy  



Professor John Evans, Head of MRC Cytogenetics Unit, Edinburgh 1978 – 1984; cytotoxicity and mutagenicity of cigarette smoke 

Professor Anne Wakefield, Weatherall Institute Oxford: 1988 -  1997; bio-pathology of pneumocystis, development of definitive RNA diagnostic  

Professor Bill Cookson, Imperial College London: 2012 onwards; molecular & microbial pathology of lung disorder