Nafeesa has over nine years’ experience in observational epidemiology. Her past research has included electronic database studies, secondary use of survey datasets and cohort studies, as well as systematic reviews and meta-analyses in the areas of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, GI diseases, infertility, obstetrics, respiratory medicine, and oncology.
Prior to her current role, Nafeesa worked as a lecturer in epidemiology at the Diabetes Research Centre, University of Leicester, where she led the database epidemiology work, focused on cardiometabolic conditions. She worked at the University of Nottingham as a research assistant on a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) programme grant assessing the uptake and safety of nicotine replacement therapy during pregnancy using a mother-child linked cohort within electronic primary care data. In addition, Nafeesa has experience working on various international projects including collaborations with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the European Medical Information Framework (EMIF). Nafeesa has published several papers in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals including the European Heart Journal, BMJ, Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, Diabetologia, Gastroenterology, Fertility & Sterility, and Pediatrics; and has presented at various national and international conferences.
Nafeesa holds a PhD in epidemiology and public health and a master’s degree in applied epidemiology from the University of Nottingham, and a BSc in nursing from Aga Khan University, Pakistan.