Dr. Chris Spencer


I collect, curate, analyse and interpret very large amounts of genetic data to help understand human diseases. My career has happily coincided with an era of collaboration – we've made major inroads into our understanding of human genetics.

As a young scientist, my doctoral work analysing large-scale human genetic data was awarded the Corcoran Memorial Prize by the Department of Statistics at the University of Oxford. The prize is awarded every two years for outstanding graduate work.

I am proud to have played a lead analytical role in the International HapMap project and the Wellcome Trust Case Controls Consortium. I’ve also spent a significant part of my career researching the genetic basis to severe malaria susceptibility.

Outside of the office I enjoy running and gardening, and spending time with my wife and two boys.