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Research interests

I am a clinical epidemiologist who uses routinely collected health record data to study public health, with a focus on vaccines.

I previously led the research theme 'Making the most of real-world data' at the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Vaccines and Immunisation, a partnership between LSHTM and UK Health Security Agency.

I first joined the NHS as a nursing auxiliary, then studied medicine (intercalating in philosophy). I worked as a junior doctor in London, and trained in public health, working across a variety of organisations including the Department of Health, NHS England (London), Local Authorities and local health protection. I was a clinical advisor to the Chief Medical Officer from 2007 to 2008. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities


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