I am a second year DPhil student in the Nuffield Department of Women's and Reproductive Health, supervised by Prof Terry Dwyer and Dr Jane Hirst and based at the George Institute for Global Health, UK.
My project focuses on investigating the associations between maternal infection and the risk of childhood leukaemia. Leukaemia is the most common childhood cancer in developed countries, while its aetiology remains unclear. Retrospective studies suggest maternal infection may be associated with childhood leukaemia, however findings have been inconsistent. My project uses prospective data from the International Child Cancer Cohort Consortium (I4C), a consortium of international birth cohorts, to examine the relationship between maternal infection and childhood leukaemia.
I completed a BSc in Preventive Medicine and an MSc in Epidemiology and Medical Statistics at Sun Yat-sen University, China. Prior to beginning my DPhil, I worked in the Born in Guangzhou Cohort Study, one of the largest birth cohorts in China as a research staff.
The International Childhood Cancer Cohort Consortium (I4C): A research platform of prospective cohorts for studying the aetiology of childhood cancers
Tikellis G. et al, (2018), Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, 32, 568 - 583