PhD students

The following PhD students are affiliated to the Environmental Exposures Group:


Faridah Naim (2nd year)

Maternal residential exposure to aircraft noise and risks of adverse birth outcomes

Faridah investigates maternal residential exposure to aircraft noise and risks of adverse birth outcomes in London. She uses aircraft noise data from Heathrow airport and London City airport and ~10-year birth cohort data. In addition, she  collects noise data at residences in London that are located under the flight paths to explore the variability of outdoor-indoor noise.


Zhenchun Yang (2nd year)

Modelling of ultrafine particles in urban areas in London

Zhenchun is interested in human exposure to air pollutions in the urban areas. He develops indoor and outdoor models to assess human exposure to ultrafine particles in London urban areas. His current project is developing land use regression models for ultrafine particles concentrations in different areas in London.  



Weiyi Wang (2nd year)

Spatiotemporal air pollution models for national-scale health impact assessment

Weiyi develops spatiotemporal models to produce postcode-level pollutant concentration estimates for the UK. Her models involve combined modelling techniques (land use regression and dispersion model), and incorporate chemical transport model and satellite data. She also conducts health impact assessment using the best performing model, and applying concentration-response functions to identify the burden of disease attributable to air pollution for selected Local Authorities.


Charlie Roscoe (2nd year)

Greenspace exposure and cardiovascular health associations in UK Biobank

Charlie investigates the association of neighbourhood greenspace exposure and cardiovascular health in the UK Biobank cohort. She focuses on two explanatory pathways – the environmental and the physiological – and uses the rich UK Biobank data to better understand the mechanisms underlying the greenspace-health association. Her project involves assessment and assignment of concomitant exposures – air pollution, noise and greenspace access – in order to determine the contribution of explanatory pathway exposures linking greenspace and cardiovascular health. 


Former PhD students:

Samuel Cai (Year 2016)

Harmonised air pollution and noise exposure linked to cardio-respiratory health in European Biobanks

Samuel investigates the separate and joint effects of noise and air pollution exposure both on prevanlent and incident cardio-respiratory health. He makes use of data from five established European biobanks, via data harmonisation and standardisation tools to secure a large, integrated dataset on individual exposure measurements across the diverse study population.


Robert Tang (2016)

Space and Time Modelling of Intra Urban Air Pollution

Robert develops urban spatio-temporal air pollution exposure assessment models using land use regression, dispersion, hybrid and Bayesian hierarchical techniques.



Danielle Ashworth  (2015)

Municipal Solid Waste Incinerators emissions: Population exposure and risk of adverse birth outcomes in England

Danielle worked on modelling emissions from incinerators as part of a national study investigating potential adverse reproductive health effects associated with incinerators. She was also chief investigator of a biomonitoring study which is gathering a detailed personal exposure profile to dioxins for approximately 100 women residing near two incinerators in England.


Gioia Mosler (2014)

Micro-environmental models of human exposure to air pollution

Gioia built an integrated modelling framework for exposure assessment taking into account the temporal and spatial variability of ambient PM, population time-activity, as well as microenvironments (e.g., indoors, journey-times).



Rachel Tyrrell (2014)

Exploring the adolescent food choice: A food environment perspective

Rachel explored whether, and to what extent, the food environment to which a young person is exposed has an influence on individual dietary intake. She identified the types of outlets young people use and the food choices they make within these outlets; an important step in the development of targeted long term obesity prevention strategies to encourage healthier food environments and choices.