Imperial College London

Melanie Leis

Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Surgery & Cancer

Director - Big Data Analytics Unit (BDAU)



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1069Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Wing (QEQM)St Mary's Campus





Melanie leads the Big Data and Analytical Unit (BDAU) at the Centre for Health Policy, part of the Institute of Global Health Innovation.

Before joining Imperial in 2018 Melanie worked for McKinsey & Company, where she helped healthcare clients in the US and the UK use analytics to improve cost and quality of care for patients. 

Melanie holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and a Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR), both from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Universidad de Costa Rica.

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COVID-19 Behaviour Tracker

The Institute of Global Health Innovation has partnered with YouGov to track populations' behaviours related to Covid-19 across 29 countries during the pandemic.

Melanie leads the BDAU's work to extract and publish insights from these data, Outputs include global and country reports, as well as a publicly available dashboard that allows users to explore the data independently.

COVID-19 Behaviour Tracker

Related articles 

COVID-19: How YouGov’s partnership with Imperial College London is helping to combat the pandemic

Global survey shows how the public are responding to COVID-19

Open data hub launches to track global responses to COVID-19

other college activities

Member of the Faculty of Medicine's Information Governance Committee

Member of the Global Health BSc team, leading teaching on data visualisation and story-lining for policy makers



Ghafur S, Van Dael J, Leis M, et al., 2020, Public perceptions on data sharing: key insights from the UK and the USA, The Lancet Digital Health, Vol:2, ISSN:2589-7500, Pages:E444-E446

Fusari G, Gibbs E, Hoskin L, et al., 2020, Protocol for a feasibility study of OnTrack: a digital system for upper limb rehabilitation after stroke., Bmj Open, Vol:10, ISSN:2044-6055, Pages:1-10

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