Dr Olga Oikonomidou (BSc, MSc, MRes, MD, PhD)

Consultant Medical Oncologist - Senior Clinical Lecturer in Breast Cancer Medicine - Breast Cancer Translational Research Group Leader


Dr Oikonomidou holds a position as an Academic Consultant Medical Oncologist with special interest in breast cancer in Cancer Research UK Edinburgh Centre, University of Edinburgh. She obtained her first degree BSc (Hon) in Human Genetics from the University of Leeds. This was followed by an MSc in Oncology and Cellular Pathology from the same University. She received her Medical Degree with distinction from Medical School of Athens, Greece. After successfully completing an MRes in Immunology (Distinction) and a PhD (Distinction) in Biochemistry in Medical School of Athens, Greece for which she received a prestigious PhD Fellowship from EU, she started her training as a Medical Oncologist at the Naval Hospital of Athens. She then moved to London to work as a specialist registrar in medical oncology in King’s College Hospital and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital where she stayed for 3 years. On completion of her training she moved to Edinburgh where she worked as a Senior Clinical Research Fellow at Cancer Research UK Edinburgh Centre  for 2 years before she has taken up her post as an Academic Consultant Medical Oncologist with special interest in breast cancer. Soon after she set up her own group of research in Breast Cancer Translational Research. This consists of PhD students, Post Doc Fellows and a research associate. Her responsibilities are split between running a busy breast oncology practice along with a very extensive clinical trials portfolio in the Western General Hospital and leading on breast cancer translational studies. Dr Oikonomidou is a NICE and SMC advisor. She is an active member of several professional societies including ACP, ESMO, ASCO and EORTC. She has established strong collaborations with other leaders in the field of breast cancer in UK as well as in other Institutes all around the world that led to several successful grant applications and publications. She is on the TMG of numerous national and international trials and leads as PI or CI a number of breast clinical trials.  Regular teaching and research supervising commitments both at the undergraduate and postgraduate level are also included in Dr Oikonomidou’s academic role.