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Dr Ariana Zeka

Dr Ariana Zeka
Senior Lecturer

Halsbury Building 123


I am an environmental epidemiologist and population health scientist. I am currently an academic at Brunel University, UK, and an adjunct faculty of the Department of Public Health, Medical University of Tirana, Albania. Main areas of my work include the assessment of population health effects of environmental exposures; environmental, health and social inequalities; the evaluation of public policy and intervention effects on population health; population impacts of climate change; capacity building in the field of environmental health in developing countries; creating opportunities for research infrastructures in environment and public health in Europe. I collaborate with a wide international network of academics, public health and policy authorities, with my research work spanning across several regions.

One of the main goals of my work is to inform public health policy. Therefore, I work very closely with public authorities and national institutes of public health in several countries, and I act as scientific advisor on issues of environment and health for several national institutes of public health including the UK, Italy, Ireland, Albania, Georgia, China; and the World Health Organization. I am member of scientific committees and advisory boards of several European and National programs/projects in environmental public health.


2003-2006  Postdoctoral Research Associate, Epidemiology. Department of Environmental Health, Harvard                           School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA

2003           ScD, Doctor of Science in Epidemiology (Major). University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA

2002           Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Epidemiology. Unit of Environmental Epidemiology, International                           Agency for Research on Cancer/World Health Organisation, Lyon, France

1998           MSc, Master of Science in Environmental Sciences and Policy. University of Manchester, UK

1994           MD, Degree in Medicine (Medical Doctor). Faculty of Medicine, University of Tirana, Albania


1994-1997  General Practitioner, Albania 

Newest selected publications

Sera, F., Armstrong, B., Abbott, S., Meakin, S., O’Reilly, K., von Borries, R., et al. (2021) 'A cross-sectional analysis of meteorological factors and SARS-CoV-2 transmission in 409 cities across 26 countries'. Nature Communications, 12 (1). pp. 1 - 11. ISSN: 2041-1723 Open Access Link

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Chen, G., Guo, Y., Yue, X., Tong, S., Gasparrini, A., Bell, ML., et al. (2021) 'Mortality risk attributable to wildfire-related PM2·5 pollution: a global time series study in 749 locations'. The Lancet. Planetary health, 5 (9). pp. e579 - e587. ISSN: 2542-5196

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Zhao, Q., Guo, Y., Ye, T., Gasparrini, A., Tong, S., Overcenco, A., et al. (2021) 'Global, regional, and national burden of mortality associated with non-optimal ambient temperatures from 2000 to 2019: a three-stage modelling study'. The Lancet Planetary Health, 5 (7). pp. e415 - e425. ISSN: 2542-5196 Open Access Link

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Lauriola, P., Serafini, A., Santamaria, M., Guicciardi, S., Kurotschka, PK., Leonardi, GS., et al. (2021) 'Family doctors to connect global concerns due to climate change with local actions: State-of-the art and some proposals'. World Medical and Health Policy, 13 (2). pp. 199 - 223. ISSN: 2153-2028

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Vicedo-Cabrera, AM., Scovronick, N., Sera, F., Royé, D., Schneider, R., Tobias, A., et al. (2021) 'The burden of heat-related mortality attributable to recent human-induced climate change'. Nature Climate Change, 11 (6). pp. 492 - 500. ISSN: 1758-678X

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