Liz is a clinical epidemiologist and public health doctor. She undertakes population-based research into the burden and causes of chronic diseases in low- and middle-income countries, to help inform treatment and prevention strategies to improve public health. She is also involved in research that integrates electronic health records and genomics to improve genetic risk prediction, diagnosis and treatment.
Liz is a clinical epidemiologist at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the University of Cambridge, and an Honorary Consultant in Public Health for Public Health England. She started her career in clinical medicine, qualifying from University College London Medical School before completing postgraduate specialist training in public health medicine. She was a Clinical Career Development Fellow at the MRC Epidemiology Unit in Cambridge, where she completed her PhD research in the genetic epidemiology of obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Liz’s main research interest is in assessing the burden and aetiology of chronic infectious and non-communicable diseases in low- and middle-income countries—mainly in Africa but also, more recently, in south-east Asia. In Africa, she leads and collaborates on a number of large-scale public health and genomic epidemiology studies, as well as developing frameworks for prospective case ascertainment of chronic diseases, interventional studies, and clinical trials.
She is also involved in developing a new programme of work which seeks to integrate electronic health records and functional genomics to build innovative study designs with a view to improving genetic risk assessment, prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
Liz combines her research activities with a commitment to public engagement; this includes initiatives to work closely with study participants and their wider community so that research findings are communicated with greater relevance for individual and collective health and well-being.
Liz is a member of the African Partnership for Chronic Disease Research, and continues to actively support its development and commitment to facilitating population-level health research across Africa and to building research capacity among African scientists.
In 2015 she was appointed Associate Editor of Global Health, Epidemiology & Genomics (http://gheg-journal.co.uk/), an on-line, open-access journal, published by Cambridge University Press, which is committed to publishing cross-disciplinary research that integrates population science, genomics and related technological advances to increase our understanding of human health and disease worldwide.