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Dr Orr’s research focuses on understanding the genetic determinants that underpin predisposition and susceptibility to common cancers, with emphasis on breast cancer. His group use epidemiological approaches and functional genetic analysis to identify and characterize regions of the germline genome that influence cancer risk.

He is also interested in using genetic approaches for cancer risk stratification, and the development of DNA based approaches for early detection of cancer in high-risk individuals.

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Dr Orr is open to applications from students wishing to pursue PhD / MD / MSc projects in

  • Cancer predisposition genetics

  • Molecular pathology

  • Functional genetics

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