Chantal Babb de Villiers is a Senior Policy Analyst at the PHG foundation where she identifies and investigates research projects in the areas of genetics and cancer, including polygenic scores. Chantal joined Hughes Hall when she was a Research Associate in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Cambridge working on breast cancer risk stratification. Her research focus areas have been in cancer genetics with interests encompassing early detection, prevention, public health and clinical data utilization. She has a particular interest in how genomics and health technologies can provide more effective healthcare and improvements in health.
She has a PhD on host genetic factors for susceptibility to tuberculosis from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, and a MSc in Medical Genetics from the University of Glasgow. She has worked in a somatic cell genetics diagnostic department as a R&D scientist developing molecular tests for implementation in clinical practice, and at the South African National Cancer Registry as the lead scientist on the Johannesburg Cancer Study – at the time, the largest such study of its kind in Africa.