Laura Nicolaou Fernandez, Ph.D.

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  • Assistant Professor of Medicine


Dr. Nicolaou is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, with joint appointment in Environmental Health and Engineering at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her background is in Mechanical Engineering, with specific training and expertise in aerosol science, exposure assessment, and high-performance computing. Her research interests lie in global health and environmental epidemiology, and her current research activity centers around air pollution and non-communicable disease in low- and middle-income countries. In particular, Dr. Nicolaou’s research integrates exposure assessment and in silico modeling techniques to better characterize pollutant exposures and their effects on health. Dr. Nicolaou has five years of experience in field research settings and is currently leading air pollution projects in Peru, Uganda, and Nepal. more


  • Assistant Professor of Medicine

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  • Ph.D.; Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (United Kingdom) (2012)

Research & Publications

Technology Expertise Keywords

Global Health; Air Pollution; Aerosol Science; Exposure Assessment; Computational Fluid Dynamics

Contact for Research Inquiries

1830 East Monument Street
Room 558
Baltimore, MD 21287 map

Activities & Honors


  • Frank Turner Wilson Award, Imperial College London, 2004 - 2005
  • Governors' Prize, Imperial College London, 2006 - 2007
  • Doctoral scholarship award, UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, 2007 - 2011
  • Knowledge Transfer Secondment Award, UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, 2011 - 2012
  • Doctoral Prize Fellowship, UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, 2012 - 2013
  • Margaret Fishenden Centenary Memorial Prize, Imperial College London, 2014
  • Imperial College Research Fellowship, Imperial College London, 2014 - 2017
  • Pat Burnell New Investigator award (runner-up), Drug Delivery to the Lungs Conference (DDL25), 2014
  • Provost’s Visiting Professor Award, Johns Hopkins University, 2017 - 2018
  • 2020 ATS Abstract Scholarship, American Thoracic Society, 2020


  • American Physical Society, 2012 - 2018
  • The Aerosol Society, 2015 - 2016
  • SimInhale COST Action, 2015 - 2018
  • European Society of Biomechanics, 2016 - 2016
  • American Thoracic Society, 2019 - 2020
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