Below is a list of Studentship Opportunities including the associated supervisors, project titles and further information.
Mechanistic Research in Environment and Health
Ageing is one of the principal risk factors for non-communicable disease and the decline in physiologic function. It has been proposed that DNA methylation may represent a good predictor of age-related diseases and mortality risk and therefore in this study we wish to examine whether long-term exposure to urban air pollution, particularly that derived from traffic emissions, promote these age-related changes. This project will be supervised by Dr Ian Mudway (Imperial College London) and Dr Oliver Robinson and will align with the Children’s Health in London and Luton and Airwave cohorts . A strong background in molecular sciences and bioinformatics would be desirable prerequisites for this project, which aligns with the Molecular Signatures and Disease Pathways theme within the MRC Centre for Environment & Health and the Air Pollution and Health and the Biomarkers of exposure and effect themes within the Health Protection Research Unit in Environmental Exposures & Health.
Epidemiology and Exposure Assessment
To respond to the growing housing needs brownfield sites are increasingly being targeted for housing redevelopment. Depending on their previous use, ex-brownfield sites might pose potential risks to the health of residents in housing developments either in, on or in the vicinity of, redeveloped sites. This PhD will identify ex-brownfield sites in the UK, with a focus on redeveloped ex-gasworks sites, develop an exposure assessment of affected populations and conduct epidemiological analysis on potential adverse health effects. This project is supervised by Dr Daniela Fecht (Imperial College London). It is aligned with the In vitro testing and integration with epidemiological data theme within the Health Protection Research Unit in Chemical and Radiation Threats and Hazards.
Epidemiology and Exposure Assessment at NHLI
Chronic lung disease in low and middle-income countries Supervisor(s): Professor Deborah Jarvis, Dr Elaine Fuertes and Dr Andre Amaral
This project will examine the longitudinal study of lung function in adults living in 41 sites across several world regions to investigate risk factors and evolution of low lung function and COPD.
This project will examine link between pollen, and pollution exposures and asthma using epidemiological data from surveys, and hospital admissions and primary care consultations
The East Anglian Respiratory Health Survey Supervisor(s): Professor Deborah Jarvis, Dr Andre Amaral and Dr Elaine Fuertes
This project will examine follow-up of a cohort of adults first studied 30 years ago and who have extensive information on environmental and lifestyle risk factors relevant for lung disease