Colin Fink began his career in biological sciences and completed a PhD and a post-doctoral Science Research fellowship at the University of Birmingham looking at the effects of viral infection on cells maintained within organ cultures of human uterine cervix. After this, as a mature student, he completed an undergraduate medical training in the UK before spending a number of years in hospital acute medicine. He returned to a Clinical Research Fellowship in the University of Birmingham working on host cell mediated immune responses to a trial vaccine development and then completed his training in general practice before becoming Senior Registrar in the Department of Microbiology and Virology at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. Whilst at Oxford Dr. Fink contributed to the undergraduate and postgraduate training programmes of lectures and seminars and published research on aspects of human infection and diagnostic methods in virology and microbiology.
He has supervised a number of postgraduate research students working for higher degrees and acts as an External Examiner for UK Universities presenting research from postgraduates as theses for MSc and PhD assessments. He is a visiting Virologist for the ‘Oculus’ postgraduate teaching group at Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre. He acts informally for the Birmingham Morning Post, Evening Mail and associated group newspapers, Central Television and BBC Radio and Television (Midlands) as an adviser on matters of infectious disease. He is on the Law Society database for matters concerning infection and acts for the unlisted securities markets reviewing biotechnology and medical company applications.
He has been an advisor for Micropathology Ltd since he created the company with Dr. David Burnett in 1995. He is responsible for the clinical application of research projects and medico-legal studies and the diagnostic work of Micropathology Ltd and cooperates with Dr. Burnett on science projects undertaken by the company.
He provides medical cover for Micropathology Ltd for all enquiries concerning the clinical management and investigation of patients presenting with infectious disease. He is an honorary professor of Clinical Microbiology for the University of Warwick, Dept of Life Sciences and also provides lectures for General Practitioners and medical staff concerning microbiology and infection topics and the appropriate use of rapid diagnostic facilities.