Christopher Wild

International Agency For Research on Cancer (IARC)

Christopher Paul Wild obtained his PhD in 1984 from the University of Manchester, UK, whilst working on DNA damage and repair. He was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) to work in Lyon, France, and subsequently a UK Royal Society European Exchange Fellowship to spend a year at the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam.

In 1987 Dr Wild re-joined IARC as a staff scientist and later became Chief of the Unit of Environmental Carcinogenesis.

In 1996 he was appointed to the Chair of Molecular Epidemiology at the University of Leeds, was Head of the Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics and later became Director of the Leeds Institute of Genetics, Health and Therapeutics in December 2005.

Dr Wild was elected Director of IARC from 1st January 2009.

His main research interest is in understanding the interplay between environmental and genetic risk factors in the causation of human cancer. He has particularly sought to apply biomarkers in population-based studies to this end. He has focused mainly on liver and oesophageal cancers.