Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction

Clinical Research Fellow/Resident Medical Officer







Institute of Reproductive and Developmental BiologyHammersmith Campus





Dr Sarah Bowden studied Medicine at Cardiff University followed by a BSc in Global Health at Imperial College London. She holds an academic training number in the North West Thames deanery and currently practises as a specialist registrar in Obstetrics & Gynaecology at Imperial College Healthcare NHS trust.

Dr Bowden returned to Imperial College as an NIHR ACF under Professor Kyrgiou in the Departments of MDR/Surgery & Cancer. She was then awarded an Imperial Health Charity pre-doctoral fellowship and Genesis Trust grant to work on HPV epigenetics and studied for a PGCert in Genomic Medicine. She is now funded by a Wellcome Trust Imperial 4i Clinician Scientist PhD fellowship (supervised by Professor Maria Kyrgiou, Dr James Flanagan and Professor Marc Chadeau-Hyam).

Her research focuses on genetic and epigenetic signatures in cervical pre-invasive disease and cervical cancer. Particularly she is interested in the translational applications of OMICS technologies for the early detection and personalised management of women with gynaecological cancers.

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, 2020, 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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