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Laura Nicolaou Fernandez, Ph.D.

Laura Nicolaou Fernandez, Ph.D.

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  • Assistant Professor of Medicine


Dr. Nicolaou's research interests lie in global health and environmental epidemiology. Her research activity centers around exposure assessment and in silico modeling with applications in air pollution and chronic disease. She is currently involved in household air pollution studies in Peru, Uganda and Guatemala, and an Alliance for a Healthier World project in Nepal focused on the environmental and health impacts of brick kiln emissions.

Dr. Nicolaou holds a Master of Engineering and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, both from Imperial College London. She has specific training and expertise in high-performance computing (computational fluid dynamics), aerosol science and exposure assessment. more


  • Assistant Professor of Medicine

Departments / Divisions



  • 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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