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Professor Meena Kumari Professor of Biological and Social Epidemiology & Deputy Director ISER, University of Essex

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Research Interests:

  • The biological pathways by which the social environment and health are linked over the lifecourse
  • Use of genetic epidemiology to inform understanding of the causal influence of environmentally modifiable risk factors

Meena is a leading expert in biomarkers and genetics, and has worked to apply insights from these areas to better understand ageing, cardiovascular disease, and health inequalities using the Whitehall II cohort study of British civil servants and the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. She remains an Honorary Professor at UCL.

Meena is the topic champion for health and biomarker content and research in Understanding Society and continues to lead research on the social-biological interface and genetic epidemiology as an investigator for the study.

Additionally Professor Kumari leads the Centre for Doctoral Training in Biosocial Research (Soc-B) at Essex University (in collaboration with UCL and University of Manchester).

Soc-B is now open and accepting applications studentships for October 2022 entry.

See here for publications pre-April 2014

Latest Blog Posts


    Displaying publications 1 - 15 of 136 in total

    1. Multimorbidity is associated with the income, education, employment and health domains of area‑level deprivation in adult residents in the UK

      Gundi Knies and Meena Kumari

      1. Area Effects
      2. Psychology
      3. Geography
      4. Well Being
      5. Health
    2. Diurnal pattern of salivary cortisol and progression of aortic stiffness: longitudinal study

      Ai Ikeda, Andrew Steptoe, Martin Shipley, et al.

      1. Health
      2. Life Course Analysis
      3. Biology
    3. A bidirectional Mendelian randomization study to evaluate the causal role of reduced blood vitamin D levels with type 2 diabetes risk in South Asians and Europeans

      Cynthia A. Bejar, Shiwali Goyal, Shoaib Afzal, et al.

      1. Ethnic Groups
      2. Health
      3. Biology
      4. Genetics
    4. DNA methylation-based sex classifier to predict sex and identify sex chromosome aneuploidy

      Yucheng Wang, Eilis Hannon, Olivia A. Grant, et al.

      1. Biology
      2. Genetics
    5. Collecting biomarker data in longitudinal surveys

      Meena Kumari and Michaela Benzeval

      1. Households
      2. Survey Methodology
      3. Health
      4. Surveys
      5. Biology
      6. Genetics
    6. Establishing reference intervals for triglyceride-containing lipoprotein subfraction metabolites measured using nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy in a UK population

      Roshni Joshi, Goya Wannamethee, Jorgen Engmann, et al.

      1. Science And Technology
      2. Health
    7. Impacts of long-standing illness and chronic illness on working hours and household income in a longitudinal UK study

      Cara L. Booker, Leanne Andrews, Gillian Green, et al.

      1. Disability
      2. Demography
      3. Labour Market
      4. Households
      5. Welfare Benefits
      6. Income Dynamics
      7. Health
      8. Life Course Analysis
      9. Caregiving
    8. Recalibrating the epigenetic clock: implications for assessing biological age in the human cortex

      Gemma L. Shireby, Jonathan P. Davies, Paul T. Francis, et al.

      1. Medicine
      2. Biology
      3. Genetics
    9. The mental health impact of COVID-19 and lockdown-related stressors among adults in the UK

      Tarani Chandola, Meena Kumari, Cara L. Booker, et al.

      1. Psychology
      2. Households
      3. Public Policy
      4. Well Being
      5. Health
      6. Covid 19
    10. The mental health impact of COVID-19 and pandemic related stressors among adults in the UK

      Tarani Chandola, Meena Kumari, Cara L. Booker, et al.

      1. Psychology
      2. Households
      3. Public Policy
      4. Well Being
      5. Health
      6. Covid 19
    11. Triglyceride-containing lipoprotein sub-fractions and risk of coronary heart disease and stroke: a prospective analysis in 11,560 adults

      Roshni Joshi, S. Goya Wannamethee, Jorgen Engmann, et al.

    12. Circulating fatty acids and risk of coronary heart disease and stroke: individual participant data meta-analysis in up to 16 126 participants

      Maria Carolina Borges, Amand Floriaan Schmidt, Barbara Jefferis, et al.

      1. Medicine
      2. Health
      3. Biology
    13. International comparisons of social differences in inflammatory markers: different patterns, same drivers?

      Meena Kumari

      1. Social Groups
      2. Economics
      3. Health
      4. Social Stratification
      5. Biology
    14. Unemployment affects different groups' health and weight in different ways

      Amanda Hughes and Meena Kumari

      1. Medicine
      2. Unemployment
      3. Well Being
      4. Health
      5. Biology
    15. Systematic underestimation of the epigenetic clock and age acceleration in older subjects

      Louis Y. El Khoury, Tyler Gorrie-Stone, Melissa Smart, et al.

      1. Older People
      2. Life Course Analysis
      3. Biology
      4. Genetics


    Displaying media publications 1 - 15 of 20 in total

    1. Working mothers disproportionately more stressed, study claims

    2. Full-time working mothers are 40% more stressed, study finds

    3. Working moms 40% more stressed than women without kids: study

    4. Full-time working moms with two kids are highly stressed: study

    5. Working mothers ‘up to 40% more stressed’

    6. Difficult childhood experiences could make us age prematurely – new research

    7. How to fix health by looking upstream: 5 must-reads

    8. Blood, sweat and tears: creating the CLOSER biomarker catalogue

    9. How your blood may predict your future health

    10. Is working long hours bad for your heart?

    11. It’s official: your boss is less stressed than you!

    12. Being retired is no less stressful than working – unless you were in a top job

    13. High earners can expect relaxing retirement but stress RISES for lower paid

    14. Retirement is no less stressful than working - especially if you had a lower paid, undemanding job, study finds

    15. Study dispels myth of links between poverty and weight: unemployed more likely than those in work to be very thin, says report

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