Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Research Fellow in Statistics







309Reynolds BuildingCharing Cross Campus





Heidi Lai is a Research Fellow at Imperial College London training in Statistics and Public Health. Since joining in November 2019, her main research focuses on examining trajectories of cardiometabolic risk factors and their associations with dementia among diabetes patients using data from the Clinical Practice Research Datalink.

She received postdoctoral training in Nutritional Epidemiology under the mentorship of Dean Dariush Mozaffarian at Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy (USA), specialising in longitudinal survival analyses assessing associations between serial fatty acid biomarkers, healthy ageing, and cardiometabolic diseases in 2016-2019. She pursued these topics in multiple settings, and her efforts have led to high-impact first-author publications such as in The BMJ. She is also the recipient of the “Best Scientific Paper 2015” award from the Alpro Foundation while completing her interdisciplinary PhD in Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Leeds (UK).

Heidi’s academic interests includes exploring traditional and novel analytical methods, engaging in research related to diet, healthy ageing, and cardiometabolic disease to support future policy-making decisions.



Lee Y, Lai HTM, de Oliveira Otto MC, et al., 2020, Serial Biomarkers of De Novo Lipogenesis Fatty Acids and Incident Heart Failure in Older Adults: The Cardiovascular Health Study, Journal of the American Heart Association, Vol:9

Lai HTM, de Oliveira Otto MC, Lee Y, et al., 2019, Serial plasma phospholipid fatty acids in the de novo lipogenesis pathway and total mortality, cause‐specific mortality, and cardiovascular diseases in the cardiovascular health study, Journal of the American Heart Association, Vol:8, ISSN:2047-9980, Pages:1-45

Lai HT, Hutchinson J, Evans CEL, 2019, Non-milk extrinsic sugars intake and food and nutrient consumption patterns among adolescents in the UK national diet and nutrition survey, years 2008–16, Nutrients, Vol:11, ISSN:2072-6643, Pages:1621-1621

Lai H, Imamura F, Korat AA, et al., 2019, Trans fatty acid biomarkers and incident Type 2 diabetes: pooled analysis from 10 prospective cohort studies in the fatty acids and outcome research consortium (FORCE) (OR33-02-19), Current Developments in Nutrition, Vol:3, ISSN:2475-2991


Qian F, Ardisson Korat AV, Imamura F, et al., 2019, Abstract 034: Omega-3 Fatty Acid Biomarkers and Incident Type 2 Diabetes: An Individual Participant-level Pooling Project of 20 Prospective Cohort Studies, Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer Health), ISSN:0009-7322

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