Professor Ricky Sharma graduated in medicine from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. He trained in general internal medicine, medical oncology and radiation oncology and completed a PhD on DNA damage repair. He is Professor and Chair of Radiation Oncology at University College London and a Scientific Group Leader at the UCL Cancer Institute.

He is also an Honorary Consultant in Clinical Oncology at University College London Hospitals NHS Trust and the Royal Free Hospital London, where he has a clinical practice in radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Ricky Sharma is an international authority on the translation of radiobiology from the laboratory to the clinic and on the multi-modality treatment of cancer with precision radiotherapy.

When he is not working, Prof Sharma loves spending time at home with his family, listening to music, running and hill-walking with his dogs.

"After only 3 years as a practising doctor, I knew that Oncology was the career for me. Sixteen years later, I have no regrets. Optimising treatment for patients with cancer, and actively researching new ways of combating this disease, is my contribution to society.

"The most difficult part of my job has been treating children and young adults with cancer. I still remember every child I saw with cancer whilst I was an Oncology trainee. After you have finished a clinic of young patients with cancer, it is very difficult to "switch off" and go home - you want to do more.

"One of most positive parts of my job is teaching medical students and scientists. I do my best to inspire them to be the next generation of cancer researchers. I strongly believe some of those bright young adults will change the landscape of this disease during our lifetime."