Imperial College London

Dr Sara De Matteis

Faculty of MedicineNational Heart & Lung Institute

Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer





G51Emmanuel Kaye BuildingRoyal Brompton Campus





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Research Interests:

Occupational physician and epidemiologist with expertise in occupational lung diseases.

Specific Research areas:

1) Asbestos-related diseases, in particular lung cancer and mesothelioma

2) Occupational asthma, COPD, ILD

3) Occupational exposure methods, and development of new efficient web-based tools

4) Gene-environment interactions in occupational lung diseases

5) Climate change and occupational health co-benefits

Current Research Projects:

I am currently working on the HSE-COPD study in the UK Biobank, a cohort set up to improve our understanding of the environmental and genetic causes of common diseases that recruited 500,000 men and women aged 40-69 from the UK general population.

The overarching goal of the HSE-COPD study is to identify the occupational causes of COPD and related burden in the UK general population in order to implement focused preventive strategies at workplace.


Course organizer and lecturer on epidemiology and statistical methods, occupational lung diseases and occupational health surveillance.




    Veronesi G, De Matteis S, Calori G, et al., 2022, Long-term exposure to air pollution and COVID-19 incidence: a prospective study of residents in the city of Varese, Northern Italy., Occup Environ Med

    Lecca R, Puligheddu M, Acar GM, et al., 2021, Shift rotation scheme, sleepiness and sleep quality in night-shift workers., Occup Med (lond), Vol:71, Pages:446-452

    De Matteis S, Pira E, Mutti A, 2021, The COVID-19 pandemic and occupational medicine: impact and opportunities., Med Lav, Vol:112, ISSN:0025-7818, Pages:411-413

    Andersen ZJ, Gehring U, De Matteis S, et al., 2021, Clean air for healthy lungs - an urgent call to action: European Respiratory Society position on the launch of the WHO 2021 Air Quality Guidelines., Eur Respir J, Vol:58

    Nafees A, De Matteis S, Amaral A, et al., 2021, Impact of using different predictive equations on the prevalence of chronic byssinosis in textile workers in Pakistan, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, ISSN:1351-0711

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