Dr John Campbell PhD, BSc Hons

Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy
Research Fellow

Contact details

Clinical Immunology
Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

John is a Research Fellow in the Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy researching how immune-suppression in multiple myeloma patients impacts upon infection risk, viral re-activation and myeloma relapse.

He is a co-inventor of University ‘spinout’ company Serascience Ltd, which specialises in novel diagnostic tests for blood cancers, including the first point-of-care (near patient) test for multiple myeloma called Seralite.

Following his PhD in exercise immunology, John maintains an active collaborative research program investigating how physical exercise affects immune competence, and has published numerous papers in this area.

John has received research funding from the MRC, as well as numerous awards from the University of Birmingham.


  • PhD in Exercise Immunology 2010
  • BSc (Hons) (1st Class) in Sport and Exercise Sciences 2006


Postgraduate supervision

John is interested in supervising doctoral research students in the following areas:

  • Investigation into immune-suppression in multiple myeloma: risk of infections, viral re-activation and myeloma relapse
  • The effects of exercise on immune competence
  • Development of novel immunoassays for the diagnosis and monitoring of plasma cell dyscrasias, including multiple myeloma

If you are interesting in studying any of these subject areas please contact John on the contact details above, or for any general doctoral research enquiries, please email: dr@contacts.bham.ac.uk or call +44 (0)121 414 5005.

For a full list of available Doctoral Research opportunities, please visit our Doctoral Research programme listings.   


Multiple myeloma, immune suppression, exercise immunology, exercise physiology


Turner, J.E., Campbell, J.P., Drayson, M.T., Bosch, J.A., (2014). Rudimentary signs of immunosenescence in Cytomegalovirus-seropositive healthy young adults. Age, 36: 287-297.

Campbell, J.P., Wang, Y., Cobbold, M., Goodall, M., Chamba, A., Bonney, S.L., Birtwistle, J., Plant, T., Jefferis, R., Drayson, M.T., (2013). Development of a highly-sensitive multi-plex assay using monoclonal antibodies for the simultaneous measurement of kappa and lambda immunoglobulin free light chains in serum and urine. Journal of Immunological Methods, 377: 37-46.

Turner, J., Bennett, S.J., Campbell, J.P., Bosch, J.A., Aldred, S., Griffiths, H.R., (2013). The antioxidant enzyme peroxiredoxin-2 is depleted in lymphocytes seven days after ultra-endurance exercise. Free Radical Research, 47: 821-828.

Edwards, K.M., Pung, M.A., Tomfohr, L.M., Ziegler, M.C., Campbell, J.P., Drayson, M.T., Mills, P., (2012). Acute exercise enhancement of pneumococcal vaccination response: A randomised controlled trial of weaker and stronger immune response. Vaccine, 30: 6389-6395.

Campbell, J.P., Edwards, K.M., Ring. C., Drayson, M.T., Bosch, J.A., Inskip, A., Long, J.E., Pulsford, D., Burns, V.E., (2010). The effects of vaccine timing on the efficacy of an acute eccentric exercise intervention on the immune response to an influenza vaccine in young adults. Brain, Behavior and Immunity, 24: 236-240.

Campbell, J.P., Edwards, K.M., Ring, C., Drayson, M.T., Bosch, JA., Downes, C., Merry, A., Long, J.E., Lumb, J.A., Paine, N.J., Burns, V.E., (2010). Exercise intensity does not influence the efficacy of eccentric exercise as a behavioural adjuvant to vaccination. Brain, Behavior and Immunity, 24: 623-630.

Campbell, J.P., Riddell, N.E., Burns, V.E., Turner, M., van Zanten, J.J., Drayson, M.T., Bosch, J.A., (2009). Acute exercise mobilises CD8+ T lymphocytes exhibiting an effector-memory phenotype. Brain, Behavior and Immunity, 23: 767-775.

Campbell, J.P., Guy, K., Cosgrove, C., Florida-James, G.D., Simpson, R, J., (2008). Total lymphocyte CD8 expression is not a reliable marker of cytotoxic T-cell populations in human peripheral blood following an acute bout of high-intensity exercise. Brain, Behavior and Immunity, 22: 375-380.