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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

Infectious Disease Seminar Series:Pneumococcal competition by bacteriocins

Monday, 30 January 2023, 1pm to 2pm @ BDI Seminar Room LG 0-1, Old Road Campus, Headington, OX3 7LF

Infectious Disease Seminar Series: Hepatitis B diagnosis, prevention and treatment: laboratory approaches to the elimination agenda

Monday, 06 February 2023, 1pm to 2pm @ BDI Seminar Room LG 0-1, Old Road Campus, Headington, OX3 7LF

Richard Doll Seminar: Edgar Sydenstricker: Household Equivalence Scales and the Causes of Pellagra

Tuesday, 07 February 2023, 1pm to 2pm @ Richard Doll Lecture Theatre, Richard Doll Building, Old Road Campus, OX3 7LF

Richard Doll Seminar - E-Freeze trial results

Tuesday, 14 February 2023, 1pm to 2pm @ Richard Doll Lecture Theatre, Richard Doll Building, Old Road Campus, OX3 7LF

Infectious Disease Seminar Series: Informing on Neisseria gonorrhoeae treatment and management through pathogen genomics

Monday, 20 February 2023, 1pm to 2pm @ BDI Seminar Room LG 0-1, Old Road Campus, Headington, OX3 7LF