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Meet the Oncogenetics Team

We have three sub-teams working alongside each other: the lab team of scientists and clinical fellows, the data team of scientists and administrators and the clinical team of nurses and clinical fellows. Our principal investigator, Professor Ros Eeles, oversees these teams.

Professor Ros Eeles

Above: Professor Ros Eeles leads the Translational Cancer Genetics team at the ICR

Principal Investigator: Professor Rosalind Eeles

Professor Rosalind (Ros) Eeles has been instrumental in ensuring new discoveries in cancer genetics immediately benefit patients, particularly in her specialty areas of BRCA-mutation carriers and prostate cancer.

Professor Eeles is a clinician as well as a scientist, running both a laboratory at The Institute of Cancer Research, London and a Cancer Genetics and Uro-Oncology Clinic at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. She trained at the University of Cambridge and St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School

She then underwent higher medical training and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London. She trained in Clinical Oncology at The Royal Marsden. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in London, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists (Clinical Oncology Faculty), UK.

Her research training was in genetic predisposition to cancer at the ICR and she has a PhD in Cancer Genetics from the University of London. She spent a year in the US where she worked in research in cancer genetics and had oncology clinical experience. 

She now leads a programme of research at the ICR in genetic predisposition to prostate cancer and management of individuals with BRCA mutations. She is an author on around 400 papers and has edited a major textbook on genetic predisposition to cancer.

Professor Eeles is accredited in clinical oncology with a sub-specialism in cancer genetics – cancer risk assessment, genetic testing for predisposition to cancer, targeted screening advice based on cancer genetic risk assessment and the application of cancer genetics to cancer care.

She sits on several genetics advisory committees both national and international. Her clinical oncology practice is in urological oncology.

PA and Assistant to Prof R Eeles
Lorna Barkazi and Alison Thwaites
Tel: 02087224094

Meet the team

Open a section below to find out more about the different members of the Oncogenetics team.

Lab team

Senior Staff Scientist
Zsofia Kote-Jarai PhD – leads the lab-team including dry and wet lab personnel:

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Clara Cieza-Borrella

Higher Scientific Officers
Ed Saunders, Questa Karlsson PhD and Susan Merson

Scientific Officers
Sarah Wakerell and Ian Whitmore

Data Scientist
Tokhir Dadaev

Bioinformatics Officers
Martina Mijuskovic PhD and Ezequiel Anokian

Mark Brook PhD

Tissue Collector
Nening Dennis

Research fellows

Mabs Ahmed
Mabs is a clinical oncologist who trained in London. He is working towards a higher research degree (PHD) in the translational implications of the SNP profiles which increase prostate cancer risk (The Clinical Ellipse Consortium Project).

Sarah Benafif
Sarah is a medical oncologist who trained in London at hospitals including University College London Hospital and Mount Vernon Cancer Centre. She is working towards a higher research degree (PhD) investigating the personalisation of prostate cancer screening and treatment based on hereditary gene mutations (BARCODE 1 and 2 studies).

Alexander Teixeira Dias
Alex is an urologic surgeon who trained in Brazil and came to UK in 2014. His research involves targeted prostate cancer screening in men with genetic predisposition – the IMPACT and PROFILE studies. Also, he is involved with the introduction of a novel prostate biopsy technique - 3D Ultrasound/Magnetic Resonance Imaging – at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust.

Research nurses

Elizabeth Bancroft (Senior Research Nurse)
Kathryn Myhill, Sarah Thomas, Angela Morgan, Audrey Ardern-Jones, Lucia D'Mello, Natalie Taylor.

Research coordinators

Elizabeth Page, Eva McGrowder and Koveela Govindasami.

Research assistants

Jenny Pope, Diana Keating, Anthony Chamberlain, Reshma Rageevakumar, Andrea Osborne, Nafisa Hussain, Romayne McMohan and Andrea Mullen.

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