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Institute of Population Health Sciences (IPHS)

Professor Seif Shaheen, MB BS MA MRCP MSc PhD FFPH


Clinical Professor of Respiratory Epidemiology

Telephone: 020 7882 2480


Seif read medical sciences at St John’s College, Cambridge and qualified in medicine at Guy’s Hospital London in 1984. After training in general medicine he joined the MRC Environmental Epidemiology Unit in Southampton and was awarded a Wellcome Trust Training Fellowship in Clinical Epidemiology in 1990. He completed an MSc in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a PhD under the guidance of David Barker FRS, who nurtured his interest in the early life origins of respiratory disease.  After undertaking research in West Africa, he joined Peter Burney’s group as a Lecturer in 1995, before becoming Senior Lecturer and Asthma UK Senior Research Fellow. In 2010 he moved from the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London, to take up his current appointment at Queen Mary.


Undergraduate: Problem based learning tutor; OSCE examining

Postgraduate: Co-lead of Global Health MSc Epidemiology and Statistics module


The Epidemiology Hall of Fame:



Research Interests:

Part of the Translational Research Unit. Seif’s programme of collaborative research aims to increase our understanding of how genes, lifestyle and environment act across the life course to cause asthma, impaired lung function and COPD, with a particular focus on the developmental origins of these disorders. The ultimate aim of his aetiological research is to identify causes which are amenable to intervention, so that preventive strategies can be devised to improve lung health.

There are three strands to Seif’s current programme of research into the developmental origins of respiratory health and disease:

  • Investigating the relation between childhood diet and respiratory outcomes in the ALSPAC birth cohort. (Funding: Rosetrees Trust and the Bloom Foundation)
  • Exploring the relation between lung development genes and comorbidities in UK Biobank (Funding: Barts Charity)
  • Follow-up of early life nutritional supplementation trials to measure respiratory outcomes

Seif welcomes enquiries from potential PhD students (self-funded) and postdoctoral researchers.


Research Group Members:

Dr Mohammad Talaei PhD (postdoc)




View all Seif Shaheen's Research Publications at: