Debbie Lawlor

Debbie LawlorDebbie Lawlor has a background in clinical medicine and public health practice both of which have informed her academic work.

Her research is underpinned by an interest in understanding how biological, social and environmental exposures from across the life course affect reproductive, perinatal and cardiometabolic health. She has contributed to understanding the life course and genetic epidemiology of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and reproductive outcomes, with a particular interest in the relationship between women’s reproductive health and her, and that of her offspring’s and the next generation’s cardiometabolic health.

She is interested in developing methods for improving causal inference in epidemiology and has been at the forefront of developing and using family based studies for improving causal inference and developing methods for using genetic variants as instrumental variables for making causal inference about modifiable non-genetic risk factors.