Imperial College London

MissAinaRoca Barcelo

Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Research Postgraduate







51247 Praed StreetSt Mary's Campus





About Me

I am a Research Assistant in Epidemiology at the UK Small Area Health Statistics Unit (SAHSU), part of the MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health.

I was trained in Biomedical Sciences at the “Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)” and also hold a Master’s in Health Promotion by the “Universitat de Girona (UdG)”, Spain. My professional experience extends from lab-based research mainly in cancer molecular biology to epidemiological research, through my post as a Research Assistant in Epidemiology both at the Girona Cancer Registry, Spain and at SAHSU.

My research interests include: (i) environmental and social health, specially related to non-communicable diseases and small area data; and (ii) co-benefits of climate change mitigation strategies, especially in relation to health and social inequalities. 

Many of the studies I contribute to assess environmental hazards with potential impacts on the population health and thus, often have policy relevance. Therefore, I acknowledge the value of communicating my scientific research to a wide audience, both including policy makers and the general public.  I am actively engaged in Public Engagement Activities including general activities such as the Imperial Festival, as well as project-specific outreach activities.

In relation to knowledge transfer, I am actively involved in teaching activities such as the GIS for Public Health workshop (GIS for Public Health) organized by the Environmental Exposure Group within the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. I am also a member of the "Researchers’ Society MRC-PHE Environment & Health" (MRC Researcher Society) where we organize trainings and seminars on a wide variety of topics, ranging from scientific paper writing to community involvement for climate change action. 


2017 - Master’s Program in Health Promotion; University of Girona (UdG), Girona, Spain.

2016 - Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences; “Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona” (UAB), Barcelona, Spain.

Professional Memberships and Activities

Member of the Researchers’ Society MRC Environment & Health; Imperial College of London and King’s College London; since 2017

Member of the statistical working-team of the ‘Food and gastronomic campus’; University of Girona (UdG), Girona, Spain; since 2017.



  • Epidemiology
  • Climate Change
  • Non-communicable diseases
  • Environmental health epidemiology
  • Social equities
  • Cancer molecular biology and epidemiology

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Roca Barcelo A, Viñas G, Pla H, et al., 2019, Mortality of women with ductal carcinoma in situ of the breast: a population-based study from the Girona province, Spain (1994-2013), Clinical & Translational Oncology, Vol:21, ISSN:1699-048X, Pages:891-899

Williams B, Douglas P, Roca Barcelo A, et al., 2019, Estimating Aspergillus fumigatus exposure from outdoor composting activities in England between 2005-14, Waste Management, Vol:84, ISSN:1879-2456, Pages:235-244

O'Callaghan-Gordo C, Kogevinas M, Cirach M, et al., 2018, Residential proximity to green spaces and breast cancer risk: The multicase-control study in Spain (MCC-Spain), International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, Vol:221, ISSN:1438-4639, Pages:1097-1106

Font-Ribera L, Gracia-Lavedan E, Aragones N, et al., 2018, Long-term exposure to trihalomethanes in drinking water and breast cancer in the Spanish multicase-control study on cancer (MCC-SPAIN), Environment International, Vol:112, ISSN:0160-4120, Pages:227-234

Fuentes-Raspall R, Solans M, Roca-Barcelo A, et al., 2017, Descriptive epidemiology of primary malignant and non-malignant central nervous tumors in Spain: Results from the Girona Cancer Registry (1994-2013), Cancer Epidemiology, Vol:50, ISSN:1877-7821, Pages:1-8

Pinheiro PS, Callahan KE, Gomez SL, et al., 2017, High cancer mortality for US-born Latinos: evidence from California and Texas, BMC Cancer, Vol:17, ISSN:1471-2407

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