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Professor Cathryn Lewis

Cathryn Lewis

Job title

Professor of Genetics Epidemiology
& Statistics


Medical & Molecular Genetics

Date started at King’s


Challenges and achievements

Biography highlighting any professional achievements and milestones which are important to you.

My academic background is in statistics with training at Oxford and Sheffield universities. After my PhD, I spent five years at the University of Utah, using ‘big data’ in the form of genealogies linked to cancer registry data to identify cancer susceptibility genes such as BRCA1 and BRCA2. Since joining King’s in 1996, I have built up the Statistical Genetics Unit, developing and applying complex statistical tools in genetic research, working in close collaboration with clinical and molecular colleagues. 

A brief summary of your research interests, grants awarded and publications

My statistical research determines how we can use statistics to formulate and answer research questions in the best way possible. In genetic studies, we aim to identify and characterise the genes that contribute to human diseases, with on-going studies in rheumatoid arthritis, stroke, depression, schizophrenia and ALS. 

Any details you wish to share about how being female has impacted upon your career

I feel privileged to work and live in a time where being ‘productive’ and ‘re-productive’ are not incompatible.  You don’t always have to be super woman, but you do have to keep putting one foot in front of the other.  


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