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Professor Meena Kumari Professor of Biological and Social Epidemiology, University of Essex

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Email
mkumari@essex.ac.uk
Telephone
01206 873573
Office
2N2.5A.13

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 2021 entry.

See here for publications pre-April 2014


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    Publications

    Displaying publications 1 - 15 of 134 in total

    1. Appetite disinhibition rather than hunger explains genetic effects on adult BMI trajectory

      Eric J. Brunner, Koutatsu Maruyama, Martin Shipley, et al.

      1. Health
      2. Life Course Analysis
      3. Genetics
    2. 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
    3. 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
    4. 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
    5. 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
    6. 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
    7. Briefing note COVID-19 survey: health and caring

      Michaela Benzeval, Cara L. Booker, Jonathan Burton, et al.

      1. Psychology
      2. Demography
      3. Public Policy
      4. Well Being
      5. Health
      6. Social Stratification
      7. Caregiving
      8. Covid 19
    8. 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.

    9. 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
    10. 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
    11. 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
    12. 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
    13. Phenome-wide association analysis of LDL-cholesterol lowering genetic variants in PCSK9

      Amand F. Schmidt, Michael V. Holmes, David Preiss, et al.

      1. Health
      2. Biology
      3. Genetics
    14. Associations of autozygosity with a broad range of human phenotypes

      David W. Clark, Yukinori Okada, Kristjan H.S. Moore, et al.

      1. Childbearing: Fertility
      2. Biology
      3. Genetics
    15. The transferability of lipid loci across African, Asian and European cohorts

      Karoline Kuchenbaecker, Nikita Telkar, Theresa Reiker, et al.

      1. Medicine
      2. Demography
      3. Ethnic Groups
      4. Health
      5. Biology
      6. Genetics

    Media

    Displaying media publications 1 - 15 of 24 in total

    1. Britons with life-threatening conditions denied care during pandemic

      1. Psychology
      2. Demography
      3. Public Policy
      4. Well Being
      5. Health
      6. Social Stratification
      7. Caregiving
      8. Covid 19
    2. The health impact of the pandemic: NHS hospital treatments for long-term health conditions fall by over 60% in April

      1. Psychology
      2. Demography
      3. Public Policy
      4. Well Being
      5. Health
      6. Social Stratification
      7. Caregiving
      8. Covid 19
    3. 60% of cancer patients miss treatment during first month of the pandemic

      1. Psychology
      2. Demography
      3. Public Policy
      4. Well Being
      5. Health
      6. Social Stratification
      7. Caregiving
      8. Covid 19
    4. Working mothers disproportionately more stressed, study claims

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    12. How your blood may predict your future health

    13. Is working long hours bad for your heart?

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

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


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