Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Research Fellow in Population Child Health



+44 (0)20 7594 3313rachel.smith05




527Norfolk PlaceSt Mary's Campus





I am a postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, where I also completed my PhD.  My PhD focussed on exposure to water disinfection by-products during pregnancy in the Born in Bradford birth cohort.  My academic background covers both biological and social disciplines, with an undergraduate degree in Human Sciences (St John’s College, Oxford) and an MSc in Epidemiology (Imperial College London).

Since completing my PhD I have worked on both the COSMOS and SCAMP cohort studies which are investigating potential effects of exposure to radio-frequency electromagnetic fields (from mobile phones and other wireless devices) on adult health and children’s cognition respectively.

I am also working on the Traffic Pollution and Health in London project, examining the relationship between traffic-related noise and air pollution and risk of adverse reproductive outcomes (e.g. low birth weight and pre-term delivery).

 Key research areas:

  • Cohort studies
  • Reproductive health
  • Health & Environment



Thompson R, Smith RB, Bou Karim Y, et al., 2023, Air pollution and human cognition: a systematic review and meta-analysis, Science of the Total Environment, Vol:859, ISSN:0048-9697

Schmutz C, Burgler A, Ashta N, et al., 2022, Personal radiofrequency electromagnetic field exposure of adolescents in the Greater London area in the SCAMP cohort and the association with restrictions on permitted use of mobile communication technologies at school and at home, Environmental Research, Vol:212, ISSN:0013-9351

Vu TV, Stewart GB, Kitwiroon N, et al., 2022, Assessing the contributions of outdoor and indoor sources to air quality in London homes of the SCAMP cohort, Building and Environment, Vol:222, ISSN:0360-1323, Pages:1-8

Thompson R, Smith RB, Bou Karim Y, et al., 2022, Noise pollution and human cognition: An updated systematic review and meta-analysis of recent evidence, Environment International, Vol:158, ISSN:0160-4120, Pages:1-27

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