Imperial College London

Dr Melissa A. Merritt

Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Honorary Research Fellow



+44 (0)20 7594 1513m.merritt




150Medical SchoolSt Mary's Campus





I have gained expertise in Epidemiology, Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics. I would like to pursue research that uses these methods to study risk factors for gynecologic cancer, and to integrate this information with molecular classifications of disease.


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Research Fellow, Imperial College London (2012-present)

My current research focuses on dietary, reproductive and metabolic risk factors for ovarian and endometrial cancer in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC). I also am investigating reproductive factors and risk of mortality in the EPIC study.

Research Fellow, Harvard School of Public Health (2010-12)

I worked under the mentorship of Professor Daniel Cramer and Assistant Professor Kathryn Terry (OB/GYN Epidemiology Center) and Associate Professor Shelley Tworoger (Channing Laboratory) at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital to conduct research focused on dietary risk factors for ovarian cancer in two study populations, the Nurses' Health Study (NHS)/NHS2 and the New England based case-control study of ovarian cancer. I received a Nutritional Epidemiology of Cancer postdoctoral training fellowship from HSPH for this research.

Research Fellow, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (2010-12)

In the laboratory of Professor John Quackenbush I identified a gene signature for ovarian versus fallopian tube cell of origin based on experimental models and have used this signature to classify patient ovarian tumors based on their resemblance to these putative normal cells of origin.

Harvard University Teaching Fellow for the Nutrition and Global Health (SLS19) course in the Program in General Education (2011-12)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Brigham and Women's Hospital (2007-10)

In the laboratory of Associate Professor Tan Ince in the Department of Pathology, Brigham and Women'€™s Hospital I developed an experimental model to study the role of the normal cell of origin in determining ovarian tumor phenotype. I was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation and a research grant from the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation for this research.

PhD Student, The University of Queensland (2003-7)

My graduate studies were carried out at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research and The University of Queensland in the laboratories of Professor Adele Green and Professor Peter Parsons. My research focused on inflammatory risk factors for ovarian cancer and the identification of genes involved in ovarian tumorigenesis.

Senior Research Assistant, The University of Queensland (2000-03)

In the School of Biological Sciences I carried out research using microsatellite DNA markers to study population genetics and migration patterns in the pest moth Helicoverpa armigera across Eastern Australia.


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AACR Molecular Epidemiology Working Group Scholar-in-Training Award, 2012

National Institute of Health (USA) Loan Repayment Program, 2011-2012

Nutritional Epidemiology of Cancer Postdoctoral Fellowship, Harvard School of Public Health, 2010 - 2012

Ovarian Cancer Research Award from the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation, 2008

Ovarian Cancer Research Training Programs of Excellence Award from the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, 2008

Australian Postgraduate Award, 2003-6