After post-doctoral work on the epidemiology of leukaemia and lymphoma in Tasmania, Graham Giles joined the Cancer Council in 1983 as Director of the Victorian Cancer Registry. In 1986, he was appointed Director of the Cancer Epidemiology Centre, and in 2013 became Director of the Cancer Epidemiology and Intelligence Division within Cancer Council Victoria. He has honorary professorial appointments at Melbourne, Monash and Deakin Universities, and serves on several national and international committees including the Scientific Council of the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyons, France.

His research interests include the causes of cancers of the breast, bowel and skin focusing on dietary factors and family history and genetics. He is the chief investigator of the Melbourne Collaborative Cohort Study (Health 2000). He’s also a principal investigator of a number of large population-based studies of families with cancers of the breast, bowel and prostate, and melanoma. More recently he commenced a program of work investigating the causes of, and risk factors for less common cancers such as multiple myeloma and kidney cancer.