Krystal Lau is a PhD candidate in Health Economics at the Centre for Health Economics, Policy, and Innovation (CHEPI) at Imperial College Business School in London, United Kingdom since September 2015.
Her research primarily focuses on behavioral economics. Specifically, she investigates the impact of social norms on vaccination decision-making. She also works on identifying and characterizing key players in the anti-vaccination movement on social media. She has a broader interest in infectious diseases and pandemics, transmisison of information and beliefs, and social network analysis. Her PhD is supervised by Dr. Marisa Miraldo and Dr. Katharina Hauck of the Imperial College Business School and the Imperial College School of Public Health, respectively.
Krystal holds a Master's of Research from Imperial College Business School as well as a Master's of Science in Bioscience and Health Policy, a Bachelor's of Science in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, and a Bachelor's of Science in Health Care Management Policy Studies from Rice University in Houston, Texas. Prior to her PhD, Krystal held a data analytics position for Network of Behavioural Health Providers (NBHP), a Houston-based behavioural health non-profit organisation. She also has analytical chemistry experience at Janssen Pharmaceuticals and was a drug policy researcher at the Baker Institute for Public Policy.