Imperial College London

Dr Frédéric B. Piel

Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Lecturer in Epidemiology



+44 (0)20 7594 3346f.piel




Praed StreetSt Mary's Campus





My research aims at using rigorous quantitative methods (including geostatistics and spatial models) to study a range of epidemiological questions related to human health. I am currently getting involved in various ongoing "big data" projects on air quality and data validation at the UK Small Area Health Statistics Unit (SAHSU).

I am also the Training Programme Coordinator for the MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health, which is a joint collaboration betwen Imperial College London and Kings College London, to offer the best training and career development opportunities to PhD students and early-career fellows.

While in Oxford, my research focused on the epidemiology and health burden of inherited disorders of haemoglobin, including sickle-cell disease but also the thalassaemias, haemoglobin C, the Duffy blood group and G6PD deficiency.  I assembled contemporary evidence to inform public health policies in order to better prevent and manage these disorders, and ultimately improving the quality of life of patients. I am an expert of haemoglobinopathies for the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Study.

My work was published in prestigious medical journals including The New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, The Lancet Global Health and PLOS Medicine. I am a member of the Editorial Board for the Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene and for the Journal of Zhejiang University-SCIENCE B (Biomedicine & Biotechnology).



Piel FB, Steinberg MH, Rees DC, Sickle Cell Disease., N Engl J Med, Vol:377

Wang H, Abajobir AA, Abate KH, et al., 2017, Global, regional, and national under-5 mortality, adult mortality, age-specific mortality, and life expectancy, 1970-2016: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2016, Lancet, Vol:390, ISSN:0140-6736, Pages:1084-1150

Inusa B, Popoola J, Wonkam A, 2017, Sickle Cell Disease, New England Journal of Medicine, Vol:377, ISSN:0028-4793, Pages:302-303

Piel FB, Steinberg MH, Rees DC, 2017, Sickle Cell Disease, New England Journal of Medicine, Vol:376, ISSN:0028-4793, Pages:1561-1573

Piel FB, Tewari S, Brousse V, et al., 2017, Associations between environmental factors and hospital admissions for sickle cell disease, Haematologica, Vol:102, ISSN:0390-6078, Pages:666-675

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