Dr Karin Hellner

Dr Karin Hellner

Dr Karin Hellner
MD, PhD, Gynaecologist

Languages spoken

English, German



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Special clinical interest in cervical and vaginal disease, colposcopy, cervical cancer screening, HPV and benign gynaecology.

Dr Hellner is a Consultant Gynaecologist at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Clinical Lead for Colposcopy.

She received her medical degree from the Humboldt-University of Berlin, in Germany, and split her specialist training in obstetrics & gynaecology between Berlin and Oxford. Dr Hellner spent a further four years as a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, USA, where she has been working on the molecular mechanisms of human papillomavirus (HPV) associated carcinogenesis and drug discovery strategies for cervical cancer.

In 2011, Dr Hellner joined the University of Oxford as a Clinical Lecturer and was appointed as Senior Fellow in Women's Health at the Nuffield Department of Reproductive & Women's Health in 2017.

She has a strong clinical interest in HPV associated cervical disease and leads a research programme in the field of the molecular basis and clinical management of cervical dysplasia.

In her spare time she volunteers as an expert reviewer for Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust Charity. 

Career positions

Current position(s)

  • Consultant Gynaecologist, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Year qualified


Expertise and interests

Dr Hellner is a Senior Fellow in Women’s Health at Oxford University and leads a research programme in the field of the molecular basis and clinical management of cervical dysplasia.

Dr Hellner’s main interest are the (pre-) clinical development of therapeutic HPV vaccines.

Dr Hellner is the Lead Consultant for Oxford’s colposcopy service and Principal Investigator (PI) of multiple national and international clinical trials.

Professional association

Dr Hellner is a board member of the British Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (BSCCP) representing the South-East of England. She is also a BSCCP accredited colposcopy trainer and elected member of the Society for Reproductive Investigation (SRI).



  • 2000 – 2001: PhD student Fellowship from the Charité – Medical Faculty, Humboldt-University of Berlin.
  • 2007 – 2008: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the German Research Foundation (DFG) for basic research at Harvard Medical School Boston, USA.
  • 2010: DNA Tumour Virus Conference Grant.
  • 2010: Brigham & Women’s Hospital Peer Mentor Award.
  • 2015: Oxford University Clinical Academic Graduate School (OUCAGS) Career Development Grant.
  • 2015: OUCAGS Travel Grant for Clinical Lecturers.
  • 2017: Bayer Grants4Targets Award.

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