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Dr Abigail Whitehouse, MBChB, PhD, MRCPCH, PgCert in Clinical Education


Senior Clinical Lecturer in Children's Environmental Health and Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine

Centre: Genomics and Child Health



Dr Whitehouse is a clinical academic respiratory children’s doctor working in East London. She completed her PhD on the immune cell impacts of air pollution exposure on healthy children. She works at Queen Mary University of London within the Centre for Genomics and Child Health and clinically at the Royal London Hospital. Her current research activities include setting up the new Children’s Environmental Health service at the Royal London and innovative trial work in both pre-school wheeze and asthma interventions in primary and secondary care. She supervises PhD, MSc and undergraduate students with research and clinical activities. Her clinical work encompasses all paediatric lung conditions with a focus on asthma and wheeze. Abigail also works with a variety of community, charity and young persons groups on air pollution health effects, and optimising asthma care in socially deprived settings.


  • Currently completing PGCert in Education for Clinical Contexts
  • Year 4 MBBS Paediatrics module teaching and supervision
  • Year 2 MBBS lectures
  • SSC supervision



Research Interests:

  • Children's environmental health research
  • Pre-school wheeze intervention studies
  • Mechanisms for particulate-pollution health effects


Key Publications

Personal monitoring to reduce exposure to black carbon in children with asthma: a pilot study. Koh L, Grigg J, Whitehouse A*. ERJ Open Res. 2021 Nov 22;7(4):00482-2021.

Air pollution and children’s health: where next? Whitehouse A*, Grigg J BMJ Paediatrics Open 2021;5:e000706. doi: 10.1136/bmjpo-2020-000706.

Airway dendritic cell maturation in children exposed to air pollution. Whitehouse AL*, Mushtaq N, Miyashita L, Barratt B, Khan A, Kalsi H, Koh L, Padovan MG, Brugha R, Balkwill FR, Stagg AJ, Grigg J.PLoS One. 2020.

Use of cleaner-burning biomass stoves and airway macrophage black carbon in Malawian women. Whitehouse AL*, Miyashita L, Liu NM, Lesosky M, Flitz G, Ndamala C, Balmes JR, Gordon SB, Mortimer K, Grigg J. Sci Total Environ. 2018 Sep 1;635:405-411.

Carbonaceous particulate matter on the lung surface from adults living in São Paulo, Brazil. Padovan MG, Whitehouse A*, Gouveia N, Habermann M, Grigg J. PLoS One. 2017 Nov 17;12(11).

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