Mark Iles

Senior Research Fellow in Genetic Epidemiology

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Summary: I design and analyse population-based genetic epidemiology studies and research the theoretical statistics and methodology underlying them.

Location: Cancer Genetics Building

Teaching Commitments: I co-organise and teach on the RESS3 course for third year undergraduate medical students. I also supervise fourth and fifth students for their Extended Student-led Research or Evaluation Project (ESREP). I teach the Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology course which is offered as part of both the MSc in Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the MSc in Molecular Medicine.


I am currently working on a variety of applied medical genetic studies as well as carrying out methodological research related to genetic epidemiology.

Research background 

After a degree in Mathematics from Bristol University I studied for a Masters in Biometry at Reading University, where I was first introduced to the field of statistical genetics, including a project modelling the evolution of repeated sequences of DNA supervised by Robert Curnow and John Whittaker. I studied for my PhD with Tim Bishop at the University of Leeds on “Using Population Structure to Locate Low Penetrance Disease Genes”. After this I worked as a lecturer at the University of Sheffield for several years in Chris Cannings’ group, where I co-organised the MSc in Genetic Epidemiology and supervised a number of Masters students’ projects in addition to continuing my own research. Subsequent to this I worked at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm in the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics during which time I was awarded the International Genetic Epidemiology Society’s James V Neel Young Investigator Award. 

Other duties

I am the Medical School representative on the Advanced Research Computing Management Committee, and a member of the course management teams for RESS2 and ESREP.