Dr. Thirlwell is a Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Medical Oncology at the Royal Free Hospital NET Unit and University College London Cancer Institute, London, UK.
She is Chair of the UKI NETS Research Committee, Scientific Board member of the NET Research Foundation USA, ESMO NET faculty, ENETs Academic Faculty and is the undergraduate academic lead at UCL Cancer Institute. She completed a PhD in colorectal cancer genetics funded by the Medical Research Council and held an NIHR Clinical Lectureship whilst completing her training in Medical Oncology.
Dr. Thirlwell leads a research group at the UCL Cancer Institute and has a particular interest in integrated genomic and circulating free DNA analysis of neuroendocrine tumors with the aim of identifying novel therapeutic targets and personalizing therapy. To date, her team has successfully identified sub-groups of NETs with poorer clinical outcomes, and has successfully isolated and sequenced DNA from circulating NET cells in the bloodstream (CTCs). She has delivered plenary lectures at numerous national and international meetings, and received national and international prizes and awards for research undertaken by her team.