Dr Imogen Roth BBiomedSc(Hons), PhD, Post-doctoral Research Fellow

Dr Imogen Roth is a cancer biologist investigating the genetic and molecular basis of cancer and how scientific knowledge can be applied to help advance clinical decision-making.

Imogen has broad research interests, encompassing cancer stem cells, cell fate drivers, the mutational landscape in cancer, predisposition to metastasis, and inflammatory driven disease.

Imogen trained at the University of Otago and initially graduated with a BBiomedSc First Class Honours, and then a PhD in 2016 for her work on the intersection between an isoform of a tumour suppressor gene and invasive and metastatic cancer. Prior to the completion of her PhD, she was awarded a prestigious Nuffield Medical Fellowship to undertake postdoctoral training at the University of Oxford. In Oxford Imogen worked on a number of research projects at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, notably looking at the spectrum of p53 mutations in tumours using publically available data.

Imogen joined the GMRI in February 2019 and is looking forward to using her background and expertise in cancer biology and tumour suppressor genes to develop projects looking at cancer stem cell populations in cancer.

Imogen is a recipient of numerous awards, including:

  • December 2018 – Finalist, Ludwig Institute Research Retreat Elevator Pitch, University of Oxford
  • July 2016 – Nuffield Medical Fellowship, University of Oxford
  • July 2016 – Outstanding poster presentation, Department of Pathology Postgraduate Poster Event, University of Otago
  • May 2016 – Best Published Paper, Health Research Excellence Awards 2016, University of Otago
  • November 2015 – Eli Lilly Award, New Zealand Society for Oncology
  • October 2015 – Student Travel Award, New Zealand Society for Oncology
  • August 2015 – Postgraduate Talk Winner, Dunedin School of Medicine Symposium
  • May 2015 – Finalist, AMP New Zealand Ignite Pitch Your PhD
  • April 2015 – Otago Institute Postgraduate Travel Award
  • April 2015 – Best Health Research Poster, Health Research Excellence Awards 2015
  • November 2014 – Winner, Most Entertaining Presentation, Pathology Postgraduate Symposium
  • June 2014 – Division of Health Sciences Conference Travel Award