Imperial College London

Dr Sara De Matteis

Faculty of MedicineNational Heart & Lung Institute

Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer





G51Emmanuel Kaye BuildingRoyal Brompton Campus





Associate Professor in Occupational and Environmental Medicine at University of Milan

Research Interests:

Occupational physician and epidemiologist with expertise in occupational lung diseases.

Specific Research areas:

1) Asbestos-related diseases, in particular lung cancer and mesothelioma

2) Occupational asthma, COPD, ILD

3) Occupational exposure methods, and development of new efficient web-based tools

4) Gene-environment interactions in occupational lung diseases

5) Climate change, air pollution, and occupational health co-benefits

Research Projects:

I have led several research projects (see personal publication list) in the HSE-COPD study in the UK Biobank, a cohort set up to improve our understanding of the environmental and genetic causes of common diseases that recruited 500,000 men and women aged 40-69 from the UK general population.

The overarching goal of the HSE-COPD study was to identify the occupational causes of COPD and related burden in the UK general population in order to implement focused preventive strategies at workplace.

Currently working on the ARRDIA (Asbestos Related Respiratory Diseases in Industrial Areas) study, a Sardinia-Region funded project with the aim of identifying early tumoral biomarkers (Micro-RNAs) in exhaled breath condensate and blood to be linked with both asbestos exposure and cancer in a cohort of ex-exposed workers.


Course organizer and lecturer on epidemiology and statistical methods, occupational lung diseases and occupational health surveillance.




    Nafees AA, Allana A, Kadir MM, et al., 2024, A cluster randomised controlled trial to reduce respiratory effects of cotton dust exposure among textile workers: the MultiTex RCT study., Eur Respir J, Vol:63

    De Matteis S, 2023, Indoor Air Pollution and Lung Function Decline: "Should I Stay or Should I Go?"., Am J Respir Crit Care Med, Vol:208, Pages:1009-1012

    Veronesi G, Ferrario MM, Giusti EM, et al., 2023, Systematic Violence Monitoring to Reduce Underreporting and to Better Inform Workplace Violence Prevention Among Health Care Workers: Before-and-After Prospective Study., Jmir Public Health Surveill, Vol:9

    Cocco P, Satta G, Cancedda V, et al., 2023, Is a Good Sleep on Mosquito-Free Nights Worth the Risk of Lymphoma Associated with the Use of Household Insecticides? A Case-Control Study of Lymphoma Subtypes in Adults, Toxics, Vol:11

    Broccia G, Carter J, Ozsin-Ozler C, et al., 2023, Epidemiology of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia in Sardinia, Italy (1974-2003), Experimental Hematology, Vol:125, ISSN:0301-472X, Pages:37-44

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