Reader in Cancer Epidemiology, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge
I qualified in Medicine from the University of Oxford in 1986. After a series of posts in internal medicine I worked for a year in Malawi on a leprosy vaccine trial. I completed the Diploma in Public Heath in 1992 as part of my training in public health medicine and then took up a post as clinical research fellow in the CRC Human Cancer Genetics group in 1996. Having completed my doctoral studies I won the Cancer Research UK Senior Clinical Research Fellowship in 1999. This enabled me to develop an independent research programme and in 2004 I was successful in obtaining programme grant funding from Cancer Research UK. In 2009, after completion of my 10 year fellowship, I was appointed to a Readership in Cancer Epidemiology in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care. My major research interests are 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 clinico-pathological characteristics of breast and ovarian cancer.