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Professor Christopher Mathew

- Wits University

Professor Christopher Mathew’s genetics research is acknowledged particularly for work on inherited cancer syndromes and on inflammatory bowel disorders.

He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Cape Town and honours from the former University of Port Elizabeth. He completed his PhD in Molecular Biology at the Institute of Cancer Research in London. He worked as a Senior Biochemist at UCT and Principal Scientist at Stellenbosch University and later took up the position of Director of the NHS DNA Laboratory at Guy’s Hospital and then Professor of Molecular Genetics at King’s College London Medical School.

Mathew is based in the School of Pathology at Wits. In 2015 he was appointed as a Distinguished Professor in Human Genetics in the Sydney Brenner Institute for Molecular Bioscience at Wits, where he has been building a research group working on the genetics and genomics of African cancers.


Professor Christopher Mathew