Centre Early Career Research Fellows


Areti Boulieri

Areti Boulieri joined the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Imperial in 2012 with an NIHR Research Methods Fellowship, which was followed by a PhD in Biostatistics. Prior to this, she gained an MSc in Applied Statistics and Datamining at the University of St Andrews after graduating from the University of Crete with a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics. Her research interests include Bayesian hierarchical modelling, spatial and spatio-temporal statistics at the small area level and their applications to disease mapping and detection. Her current fellowship focuses on life expectancy surveillance, and the joint modelling of multiple health outcomes using non-parametric Bayesian approaches.

Samuel Cai

Samuel was trained in preventive medicine and was awarded a PhD in Environmental Epidemiology from Imperial College. He has a broad research interest in environmental epidemiology and respiratory health, in particular, the health effects of air pollution and noise, interplays of multiple environmental stressors and their modifiers on health, environmental lung diseases and exposure assessment approaches. The Centre’s fellowship extends his air pollution research to China, where he is researching how personal exposure to air pollution impacts patients with chronic lung diseases in two Chinese megacities. In collaborations with the Chinese and UK research teams and Professor Frank Kelly’s Environmental Research Group at King’s College London, the project will follow 60 patients for three one-month periods across three seasons, collecting an extensive range of data including physical and biological measurements as well as near real-time high-resolution personal air pollution data using state-of-art air pollution sensor technology.

Jessica Laine

Jessica’s project is Causal Inference in the Exposome. This research is within EXPOsOMICS and LIFEPATH, European and pan European (respectively) consortia. To better infer causality from environmental exposures, and mediators of exposures and diseases she aims to identify ‘omic mediators of exposure to air pollution and cardiovascular disease (CVD). In this work, she aims to extrapolate how altering levels of exposure to air pollution influence biological intermediates and subsequently risk for CVD. To identify causal mechanisms underlying prenatal exposure to air pollution she is applying cross-omic methods and assessing pathway level perturbations. Lastly, she is investigating urban determinants of health by characterising the urban exposome using a multilevel approach. This work will determine what level of exposure assessment can be used to identify disease risks, by assessing and comparing a nested population with air pollution measures at both a macro level from land use regression models and from personal exposure monitoring. Beyond her efforts in causality to reduce the environmental disease burden, she is passionate about effective science communication and outreach, and promoting women in science."