Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineNational Heart & Lung Institute

Research Fellow



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Elaine Fuertes is currently an Imperial College Research Fellow at the NHLI. Her research focuses on investigating the influence of environmental (pollution, greenspaces, pollen, climate) and behavioural factors, and their interaction, on the development of allergic diseases and respiratory health throughout the lifecourse.

As part of her work, Elaine actively collaborates with several international and multidisciplinary groups throughout Europe, and has spent time working in Canada, Germany, Sweden, and The Netherlands. Before coming to Imperial College, she held a two-year Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship at ISGlobal in Barcelona.

Elaine received her PhD from the School of Public Health at the University of British Columbia, Canada (2014). She also holds a Master of Science in Public Health (2009) and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry (2007).

Elaine is currently co-chair of the International Socitey for Environmental Epidemiology Europe Chapter, a member of the ISEE Communications Committee and in the past, was a member of the Student and New Researchers Network (ISEE-SNRN) steering committee (2014-2016).  Elaine is also co-chair of the NHLI Postdoc and Fellows Committee at Imperial College.



Pan H, Fuertes E, Potts J, et al., 2024, Gas cooking indoors and respiratory symptoms in the ECRHS cohort, International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, Vol:256, ISSN:1092-5732

Fuertes E, Jarvis D, Lam H, et al., 2023, Phl p 5 levels more strongly associated than grass pollen counts with allergic respiratory health, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, ISSN:0091-6749

Zhao T, Markevych I, Fuertes E, et al., 2023, Impact of long-term exposure to ambient ozone on lung function over a course of 20 years (The ECRHS study): a prospective cohort study in adults, The Lancet Regional Health. Europe, Vol:34, ISSN:2666-7762, Pages:1-11

Konstantinoudis G, Minelli C, Lam HCY, et al., 2023, Asthma hospitalisations and heat exposure in England: a case-crossover study during 2002-2019, Thorax, Vol:78, ISSN:0040-6376, Pages:875-881

Markevych I, Zhao T, Fuertes E, et al., 2023, Residential greenspace and lung function decline over 20 years in a prospective cohort: the ECRHS study, Environment International, Vol:178, ISSN:0160-4120, Pages:1-10

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