Dr Paul Pharoah

Professor of Cancer Epidemiology at Department of Oncology, University of Cambridge

Professor of Cancer Epidemiology, Department of Oncology, University of Cambridge

Professor Paul Pharoah is Professor of Cancer Epidemiology in the Department of Oncology at the University of Cambridge. His major themes focus on: Genetic susceptibility to ovarian cancer; The role of germline genetic variation in determining clinical outcome after a diagnosis of breast or ovarian cancer; The molecular pathology of breast and ovarian cancer; and SEARCH, an ongoing study of genetic susceptibility to the common cancers.

He 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 Professor Pharoah won a Cancer Research UK Senior Clinical Research Fellowship in 2004. His fellowship was renewed and he was successful in obtaining programme grant funding. On completion of his fellowship in 2009 he was appointed Reader in Cancer Epidemiology and then promoted to a personal Chair in 2012.