CLOCS Research Team

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Dr James Flanagan  (@jimiflanUK)

Reader, Division of Cancer, Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College London

Dr Flanagan is the Principal Investigator of CLOCS.

He completed his PhD in Cancer Biology at Queensland Institute of Medical Research in Brisbane, Australia and pursued postdoctoral work at University of Toronto and University College London before joining Imperial College London in 2009 as a group leader. His work has focussed on breast and ovarian cancer risk and epigenetics.

He was a co-investigator of the CLOCS’ pilot project called CRUK Guardian Angels and will be leading the CLOCS team.


Dr Yasemin Hirst  (@maryyasemin)

Senior Research Fellow, Research Department of Behavioural Science and Health (BSH), University College London

Dr Hirst is CLOCS’ leading behavioural scientist and a Co-Investigator. 

She completed her PhD in Health Psychology at University of Surrey in 2014 on understanding parents’ reasons for non-participation in cardiac screening among adolescents aged 14-17.  In 2015, she joined BSH at UCL to investigate social inequalities in colorectal cancer screening and carried out projects involving complex methodologies and datasets. She is interested in identifying effective ways to communicate research projects with the public to improve their impact. 

She was the principal investigator of the CLOCS’ pilot project called CRUK Guardian Angels. She will be part of the CLOCS team based at UCL leading the studies aiming to better understanding public perceptions of using commercial data in cancer research.


Professor Sudha Sundar (@sundar_sudha)

Professor of Gynaecological Cancer, Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences, University of Birmingham

Prof Sundar is the clinical gynaecological oncologist academic and a Co-Investigator on the CLOCS project.

She is a gynae cancer surgeon and directs a comprehensive research programme on early ovarian cancer diagnosis, through systematic reviews, clinical studies and translational research projects. Sudha is Chief Investigator of the ongoing NIHR funded ROCkeTS ( and CRUK funded ROCkeTS-GEN project. She is current President of the British Gynaecological Cancer Society.


Dr Marc Chadeau-Hyam (@ChadeauMarc)

Reader in Computational Epidemiology & Exposome Science , School of Public Health, Imperial College London.

Dr Chadeau-Hyam is a computational epidemiologist and biostatistician and a Co-Investigator on the CLOCS research team. 

As an applied statistician, his research interest lies on the interface between mathematical and epidemiological sciences. His role will be to provide statistical advice on the data analysis conducted by the CLOCS team.


Dr Hannah Brewer (@hannahrose7324)

Research Associate, Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College London

Dr Brewer is an epidemiologist and researcher on the CLOCS research team.

She completed her PhD in Epidemiology at the Institute of Cancer Research in 2018 on measures of family history and risk of breast cancer in the Generations Study. She then joined the CLOCS research team at Imperial College London in 2019 to investigate whether purchasing behaviours in high street retailers can help improve earlier detection of ovarian cancer. She is interested in the epidemiological design of the study and development of analysis methods the CLOCS team will use.