Richard Houlston

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Richard Houlston
Born Richard Somerset Houlston
(1956-07-10)July 10, 1956
Alma mater Imperial College London
Scientific career
Fields Medical Genetics
Institutions Institute of Cancer Research

Richard Somerset Houlston (born 10 July 1956) FRS FMedSci is a clinical geneticist and Professor of Molecular and Population Genetics at the Institute of Cancer Research in London[1][2].


Houlston graduated BSc, MB BS from Charing Cross Hospital Medical School, University of London[3] and was subsequently awarded MD and PhD degrees from the University of London and a DSc[4] from Imperial College, London.

Research and career[edit]

The main focus of his research is the identification and characterisation of genetic susceptibility to cancer.[5]

Awards and honours[edit]

He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP) and a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists (FRCPath), and was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci) in 2010[6] and a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS)[7] in 2017.


  1. ^ Anon (2018). Houlston, Prof. Richard Somerset. Who's Who (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.265605. closed access publication – behind paywall (subscription required)
  2. ^ "Professor Richard Houlston".
  3. ^ Richard Houlston Entry at ORCID
  4. ^ "Imperial College London DSc Awards".
  5. ^ Richard Houlston publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  6. ^ "The Academy of Medical Sciences Fellow, Prof. Richard Houlston". 2017.
  7. ^ "The Royal Society Fellows Directory".