Institute of Cancer Research

Nazneen Rahman is Professor of Human Genetics and Head of Division of Genetics & Epidemiology at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, a Consultant Clinical Geneticist and Head of Cancer Genetics at The Royal Marsden.  She qualified in medicine at Oxford University, obtained a PhD in Molecular Genetics from the University of London and is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, UK.

Nazneen is one of the UK’s leading researchers in cancer predisposition genes with particular interests in breast, ovarian and childhood cancers.  In addition to identifying numerous genes and genetic factors that increase the risk of cancers developing, she has used this research to develop clinical improvements in patient care.  She has continually strived to make the most effective use of the rapid development of sequencing technology in recent years to reveal further aspects of the genetic architecture of cancer and to develop new testing methods.

She leads the Mainstreaming Cancer Genetics Programme (, the aim of which is to make genetic testing part of routine cancer patient care.  The programme is developing new technologies to analyse all genetic information relevant to cancer much faster and at lower cost and establishing improved clinical care pathways, ultimately leading to many more cancer patients having access to gene testing.

In addition to her scientific and clinical career, Nazneen is a singer songwriter and released her first album “Can’t clip my wings” in 2014 (