Abdul has extensive experience working on data-linkage research projects and in statistical methods for causal inference and mediation analysis. His doctorate (sponsored by the Department for the Economy, Northern Ireland) focused on improving healthcare outcomes particularly in the elderly lung, breast and colorectal cancer patients – as it aimed to quantify under-treatment in the older adult cancer patients. He then secured a prestigious long term research fellow (supported by Health Data Research UK) position at Queen’s University Belfast, where he worked as a population statistician, exploring disparities in asthma healthcare utilisation, exacerbations and mortality by socio-economic status and ethnicity.
Abdul is currently the module leader for Applied Research Methods and Public Health Policy on the Master of Public Health programme. He has previously lectured, demonstrated and marked a variety of modules including Molecular Genetics, Experimental Biochemistry, Medical Statistics and Concepts in Population. Prior to achieving his PhD, he completed a master’s degree in Public Health at the University of Manchester - with a distinction in his dissertation - and attained a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry at the University of Westminster in 2009.
Teaching and supervision
- CMNR7001 - Public Health Policy
- CMNR7003 - Applied Research Methods
- MPH Public Health dissertation
Abdul’s research interest are varied, however, he is predominantly interested in investigating (clinical) health disparities based on social determinant of health (i.e. non-medical factors that influence health outcomes) including and not limiting to income and social status, access to health services and race / ethnicity. He has ongoing work exploring health equity by age in breast, lung and colorectal cancer patients.
Research grants and awards
- Department for the Economy, Northern Ireland – PhD Studentship (2016-2019)
- Queen’s University Belfast (QUB)- Researcher Plus certificate (2017)
- QUB Graduate School - Chartered Management Institute: Level 7 Award, Certificate & Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership (2017)
- The Centre of Excellence for Public Health Northern Ireland – Scholarship to attend a summer school course on ‘Causal Inference’ (2018)
- QUB - 1st Prize for best oral presentation at the Postgraduate Research Forum (2018)
- Health Data Research UK – Research Fellow (2019-2024)
Memberships of professional bodies
- Fellow of Advance HE (formerly HEA)
Title: ‘Quantifying surgical under-treatment in older adult lung cancer patients’. Presented at: PHE’s National Cancer Registration and Analysis Service - Cancer Services, Data and Outcomes Conference 2018, the University of Manchester (Oral) - 20-21 June 2018.
Title: ‘Quantifying under-treatment in older adult lung cancer patients in Northern Ireland’. Presented at: National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI), Scottish Event Campus, Glasgow (Oral & Poster) - 4-6 November 2018. Abstract | Media
Title: ‘Under-treatment of older adult breast cancer patients’. Presented at: Centre of Excellence for Public Health Northern Ireland, Away Day (Oral & Poster) - 25 November 2016.
Title: ‘Assessing the potential of sub-optimal treatment affecting survival in the elderly: A secondary data analysis on EUROCARE-5 survival estimate’. Presented at: Postgraduate Research Forum QUB, Belfast (Poster) - 1 December 2017.
Title: ‘Surgical under-treatment of older adult lung cancer patients’. Presented at: Postgraduate Research Forum QUB, Belfast (Oral) - 9 November 2018.