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Paul PharoahPaul Pharoah

Professor of Cancer Epidemiology

Departments of Public Health and Primary Care, and Oncology

University of Cambridge


Paul Pharoah qualified in Medicine from the University of Oxford in 1986.  After a series of posts in internal medicine, he worked for a year in Malawi on a leprosy vaccine trial.  He then completed his training in public health medicine before taking up a post as Research Fellow in the CRC Human Cancer Genetics group at the University of Cambridge in 1996.  Having completed his doctoral studies in 1999, he won a Cancer Research UK Senior Clinical Research Fellowship in 2004. His fellowship was renewed and was successful in obtaining programme grant funding.  On completion of his fellowship in 2009, Paul was appointed Reader in Cancer Epidemiology, and promoted to a personal Chair in 2012 at the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge.

Paul’s major research interests are on the i) common genetic variation and breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility ii) methodological issues in investigating the polygenic basis of cancer susceptibility (gene-gene interaction) and iii) the role of germline genotype in determining the clinical and molecular pathological characteristics of breast and ovarian cancer.

He has published over 350 papers reporting original research as well as numerous book chapters and review articles.

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Forthcoming events

The effects of BCG on non-specific resistance to respiratory infection

Monday, 13 May 2024, 1pm to 2pm @ BDI/OxPop Building LG seminar rooms

Festival of Global Health - The Silent Pandemic

Wednesday, 15 May 2024, 4pm to 8pm @ Curzon Oxford, Westgate Shopping Centre, Oxford OX1 1NZ

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Monday, 20 May 2024, 1pm to 2pm @ BDI/OxPop Building LG seminar rooms