Dr Olivia Leavy

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Genetic Epidemiology

School/Department: Population Health Sciences, Department of



I have a BSc in Mathematics and Statistics (Oxford Brookes University) and an MSc in Medical Statistics (Oxford Brookes University).

I completed a PhD in Genetic Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) supervised by Professor Frank Dudbridge. My PhD focused on the genetic architecture of breast cancer.

I was then a researcher at LSHTM on the FORECEE consortium project, which aimed to develop a screening test that prevents breast, womb, ovarian and cervical cancer. I analysed genetic and epigenetic data. In 2017, during this post, I moved to the University of Leicester as a visiting researcher.

Since 2019, I have been working as a research associate at the University of Leicester, focusing on the genetic of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. In 2020, I also became involved in the Post-hospitalisation COVID-19 study (PHOSP-COVID).


My research focuses on understanding the genetics of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. I have performed analyses to assess the definition of IPF in the UK Biobank using genetic information and to estimate the proportion of IPF risk explained by known common genetic variants. I have also performed Mendelian randomisation analyses and genome-wide association interaction analyses to gain a better understanding of the disease.

As part of the Post-hospitalisation COVID-19 study (PHOSP-COVID) I have performed analyses to better understand COVID-19 and long COVID following hospitalisation.




The Brian Clarke Memorial Prize for the most outstanding contribution to the areas of Computing and Mathematical Sciences (Oxford Brookes University, BSc 2012) 


PhD in Genetic Epidemiology (LSHTM, 2013-2017)

MSc in Medical Statistics (Oxford Brookes University, 2012-2013)

BSc in Mathematics and Statistics (Oxford Brookes University, 2009-2012)

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