- PI Group: Dr Jane Hirst
I am a third year DPhil student in the Nuffield Department of Women's and Reproductive Health, supervised by Dr Jane Hirst, Dr Kazem Rahimi and Prof Terry Dwyer.
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.
Maternal infection in pregnancy and childhood leukaemia: a systematic review and meta-analysis
He J. et al, (2019), The Journal of Pediatrics
Tikellis G. et al, (2018), Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, 32, 568 - 583