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Karl Smith Byrne

Karl Smith Byrne

Research groups

Karl Smith Byrne

DPhil Student

Dissertation title: Risk factors for prostate cancer in EPIC and UK Biobank cohorts

College (Year of matriculation): Brasenose (2014)

Supervisors: Associate Professor Ruth Travis, Professor Tim Key

Karl Smith Byrne began his DPhil at the Cancer Epidemiology Unit in 2014 supported by the Clarendon Fund. Prior to beginning his doctoral research, he read for an MPhil in Biological Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, with a thesis on population genetics at Jesus College, and studied for a BSc in Psychology at the University of Dundee.

His research focuses mainly on risk factors for prostate cancer. Currently, Karl investigates the role of seminal proteins and associated genetic polymorphism as aetiological biomarkers, and additionally, whether receiving a vasectomy affects risk for prostate cancer. Both investigations are conducted within the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) Oxford study, and are supervised by Associate Professor Ruth Travis and Professor Tim Key.