Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction

Clinical Lecturer







Institute of Reproductive and Developmental BiologyHammersmith Campus





Dr Sarah Bowden is an NIHR funded Academic Clinical Lecturer at Imperial College London and training as a surgical subspecialist in Gynaecological Oncology at Hammersmith Hospital.

Dr Bowden first came to Imperial College as an intercalated BSc student in 2010 to study Global Health. After completing her medical degree from Cardiff University she took an ACF post in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and was awarded an Imperial Health Charity pre-doctoral fellowship and Genesis Trust grant to work on HPV epigenetic signatures in cervical cancer, and completed a PGCert in Genomic Medicine. Under a Wellcome Trust 4i Clinical Scientist fellowship she completed her PhD in 2022 at Imperial College, exploring genetic and epigenetic signatures for early detection of cervical cancer, supervised by Prof Maria Kyrgiou, Dr James Flanagan (Departments of MDR/Surgery & Cancer) and Prof Marc Chadeau-Hyam (School of Public Health)

As an ACL she is currently co-supervising MSc and PhD students in follow-on work on from her doctorate, particularly in the translational applications of OMICS technologies for the early detection and personalised management of women with cervical and endometrial cancers. Her interest is in enhancing screening for gynaecological cancers with novel molecular approaches. This work includes collaborations with teams in UCLA and Institute Pasteur Dakar in Senegal. 

Sarah also sits on the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) O&G section council and the British Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (BSCCP) scientific committee.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Bowden S, Bodinier B, Kalliala I, et al., 2021, Genetic variation in cervical preinvasive and invasive disease: a genome-wide association study, The Lancet Oncology, Vol:22, ISSN:1213-9432, Pages:548-557

Bowden SJ, Lathouras K, Kyrgiou M, 2021, Can DNA methylation tests improve the accuracy of cervical screening?, BJOG - An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Vol:128, ISSN:1470-0328, Pages:515-515

Athanasiou A, Bowden S, Paraskevaidi M, et al., 2020, HPV vaccination and cancer prevention, Best Practice & Research Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Vol:65, ISSN:1521-6934, Pages:109-124

J Bowden S, Kyrgiou M, 2020, Human papillomavirus, Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Reproductive Medicine, Vol:30, ISSN:1751-7214, Pages:109-118

Bowden SJ, Kalliala I, Veroniki AA, et al., 2019, The use of Human Papillomavirus DNA Methylation in cervical intraepithelial neoplasia: a systematic review and meta-analysis, Ebiomedicine, Vol:50, ISSN:2352-3964, Pages:246-259

Peevor R, Bowden S, Jones J, et al., 2009, Human Papillomavirus negative but dyskaryotic cervical cytology: Re-analysis of molecular testing, Journal of Clinical Virology, Vol:44, ISSN:1386-6532, Pages:322-324

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