Early-career researcher in life course and genetic epidemiology. I'm interested in investigating the biological underpinnings of ageing and associated chronic diseases (especially related to cardio-metabolic and musculo-skeletal health), and identifying causal, modifiable risk factors for improving healthy ageing from early life onwards. Work to date has included foci on vitamin D and telomere length. I use genetics to help improve the characterisation of traits and disease phenotypes, and apply methods for improving assessment of causality in observational epidemiological studies (such as 'Mendelian randomisation' and other 'instrumental variable' approaches).
Beyond research, I freelance as a science writer/journalist and I also have a keen interest in science policy, with particular reference to public health. I worked as a policy officer at the UK's Academy of Medical Sciences for a year and a half following my PhD, and sat on several high-profile working groups as part of that role. I would welcome approaches for involvement in any journalistic and/or policy-oriented work.
I'm the College's PDC representative for postdoctoral researchers in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics.
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