Prof Marta Blangiardo

I have a chair in Biostatistics and I am the Biostatistics and Data Science theme leader for the MRC Centre for Environment and Health.

I have a PhD in applied statistics and work on different modelling aspects relevant to environmental exposures (air pollution, noise, climate) and health (mostly chronic but have recently started moving towards infectious diseases, particularly in low and middle income countries). I have been also working on ecology, specifically on mosquitos estimations and species distribution.

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Twitter: @martablangiardo

Dr Monica Pirani

I am an assistant professor in Biostatistics and I am an investigator in the MRC Centre for Environment and Health. My research is based upon the development of Bayesian statistical methods with primary application to environmental and health data.

Current methodological research focuses on spatial and spatio-temporal statistics, time-series analysis, methods for the integration of multi-scale sources of data and models for understanding the health consequences of exposure to (multiple) pollutants and changes in climate.

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Dr Garyfallos Konstantinoudis

I have a MRC skills development fellowship. I am developing a framework of analysis using Bayesian spatiotemporal models for risk assessment and quantification of associated economic costs. I am using these models to estimate the current and future burden of temperature-related respiratory health in the UK. I am also building shiny apps and softwares to communicate results to stakeholders and public health experts. This is an interdisciplinary project with several national and international collaborations including Prof Baio and Dr Mineli (co-supervisors) and also with Dr Gasparrini, Prof Schuhmacher, Dr Bhatt, Dr Ballester and Dr Vicedo-Cabrera.

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Twitter: @konstantinoudis

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Dr Brandon Parkes

I am a research associate in statistics for environmental epidemiology. I am currently working on several small area disease mapping projects using Bayesian smoothing and evaluating cluster detection methods with a view to implementation on a retrospective cancer surveillance study using English cancer registry data. I am also developing the Rapid Inquiry Facility software , a tool for exploratory disease mapping and risk analysis.

Dr Niloofar Shoari

I am an MRC Early Career Research Fellow. I use advanced Bayesian methods to understand the health effects of neighbourhood-level environmental exposures in vulnerable population such as children.

Dr Glory Atilola

Glory is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Biostatistics with research interest in statistical applications to environmental health and exposure epidemiology. He is primarily involved in the ANCO (aircraft noise and cardiovascular outcomes) project in collaboration with the UK small area health and statistics unit (SAHSU) under the supervision of Prof Marta Blangiardo. This project seeks to investigate the potential link between aircraft noise exposure and the risk of hospitalization and mortality due to cardiovascular outcomes among small area populations living near major airports and in the general UK population. The objective is to implement small area spatial statistics and longitudinal mixed modelling methodology to provide greater understanding of long-term effects of aircraft noise on cardiovascular outcomes at individual and small area levels.

Dr Georges Bucyibaruta

I am a Research Associate in Statistics and Data Science for Environmental Epidemiology. My current research activities are based on developing and applying machine learning tools and Bayesian models useful for clustering environmental and community level variables to health outcomes, and to understand and account for their distributional characteristics and their spatial-temporal variation. I apply these approaches to the data from various sources to obtain well-defined clusters of small area characteristics across different dimensions. I construct maps of multi-domain vulnerability to health conditions and provide a measure of their uncertainty. I am also working cooperatively with multidisciplinary teams from the UK Small Area Health Statistics Unit (SAHSU) and the Health Data Research UK (HDR UK).

Ms Abi Riley

I am a first year PhD student funded by the MRC Centre for Environment and Health. My PhD is on spatio-temporal methods for the surveillance of non-communicable disease. Currently I am focusing on climate change and land use geostatistical models, with a plan to look at mental and cognitive health effects.

Ms Nicole Itzkowitz

I am a Research Assistant in Environmental Epidemiology and recently completed a MSc in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. I am currently working on a project assessing the short-term impact of aircraft noise pollution on cardiovascular morbidity and mortality around Heathrow Airport.

Honorary members

Dr Guowen Huang - postdoctoral fellow in Statistics at Toronto University. See his webpage at

Dr Silvia Liverani - Senior Lecturer in Statistics in the School of Mathematical Sciences at Queen Mary University of London. Her research focuses on Bayesian clustering methods and spatial modelling and is the maintainer for the R package PReMiuM for Dirichlet process mixture modelling. See her institutional webpage here.

Past members

Dr Areti Boulieri

Mr Michael Redman

Ms Chiara Forlani

Mr Man Ho Suen

Dr Tullia Padellini

Dr Oliver Baerenbold