Researchers in a lab


Group lead
Professor Christina Fotopoulou

Disease areas

Learn more about ovarian cancer and the current research around it.

What we do

Our reseach focuses on (1) Intratumoral tumor heterogeneity in advanced epithelial ovarian cancer, (2) predicting surgical outcome in ovarian cancer surgery, and (3) implementing novel bioengineering advances in surgical success in ovarian cancer surgery.

Why it is important

Epithelial ovarian-cancer (EOC) is a heterogeneous disease with a high risk of development of platinum resistance conferring poor prognosis. A major challenge is the extensive intratumoral heterogeneity constituting a significant obstacle to the success of systemic and surgical therapeutic regimes. Our aim is to identify patterns of heterogeneity and correlate it with genomic profiling and recent bioengineering advances.

How it can benefit patients

By elucidating and defining the patterns of dissemination, relapse and resistance of epithelial ovarian cancer and stratifying patients to the treatment modalities that will truly benefit them. We are also directing patients who won't benefit from conventional treatment approaches to alternative strategies.

Summary of current research

  • Intratumoral heterogeneity study
  • Bioelectical potential study
  • Lymphatics Project
  • Identifying the genetic profile of "extreme" responders and non-responders
  • Clinical research of surgical outcome



  • James Moore, Professor of Bioengineering
  • Martyn Boutelle, Professor of Bioengineering
  • David Bowtell, Mac Callum Cancer Centre (Australia)
  • Gordon Mills, MD Anderson Cancer Centre (USA)

For patients

PhD students

When we have funding for PhD studentships, we advertise them through central channels such as Find a PhD. Information is also available on the Surgery and Cancer study page. If no studentships are currently advertised, please get in touch with the group lead with proposed project titles to discuss further. 

Current PhD students:

  • Ratri Wulandari
  • Katherine Nixon
  • Haonan Lu 

Our researchers