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Research Themes

DPhil Projects 21-22

We are  inviting applicants for 2021/22 DPhil programme researching LARP family members and cancer. To discuss specific projects please contact

Sarah Blagden

Associate Professor of Experimental Cancer Therapeutics

Research Summary

Investigating post-transcriptional mechanisms that drive cancer behaviour and researching novel cancer therapeutics for patients with advanced malignancies.


Following medical training and subsequent specialist training in Medical Oncology at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge and the Royal Marsden Hospital, Sarah was awarded a CRUK Junior Clinician Scientist PhD fellowship in 1999 at Cambridge University and held a Clinical Fellowship at the Institute of Cancer Research’s Drug Development Unit.

She was appointed as Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant at Imperial College in 2006 and became Director of Imperial’s Early Cancer Trials Unit and established her laboratory studying the dysregulation of mRNA translation in cancer. She has been chief or principal investigator for a number of national and international clinical studies.

Group Members

James Chettle, Postdoctoral Researcher
Zinaida Dedeic, Postdoctoral Researcher
Hagen Schwenzer, Postdoctoral Researcher
Fenella Gross, DPhil Student
Arussa Maan, DPhil Student/Research Assistant 
Josephine Morris, Research Assistant