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Yebeen Ysabelle Boo BSc (Hons), MSc (Oxon)

DPhil Student


Ysabelle is a DPhil student at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, NDPH, University of Oxford. Her DPhil project aims to develop an evidence-based, comprehensive facility-based stillbirth review process in India by conducting a mixed methods research, supervised by Dr Manisha Nair, Prof Jenny Kurinczuk and Prof Monica Lakhanpaul (UCL). Ysabelle's research is supported by the Clarendon Fund, Kellogg College Award, and Nuffield Department of Population Health Scholarship.

Ysabelle believes in promoting robust health systems and affordable, high-quality care to produce better health outcomes for all. Her research focuses on global maternal and child health and social determinants of health. Before starting her DPhil, Ysabelle studied BSc Population Health (data science pathway) at University College London (UCL), where she graduated with a First Class Honours and was on the dean's list. She was also awarded the Nuffield Department of Population Health bursary to study MSc in Global Health Science and Epidemiology from the University of Oxford, which she successfully completed in 2021.

Professionally, Ysabelle works as a population health analyst for Hackney Council, supporting the development of the City and Hackney Population Health Hub. The Population Health Hub is an integrated team created to support wider system partners in understanding and taking effective action to improve population health through prevention, service quality improvement, and addressing the "wider determinants" of health. Ysabelle contributes to informing policy, service provision, and the strategic direction for the City and Hackney place-based partnership.


Boo YY, Gwacham-Anisiobi U, Thakrar DB, Roberts N, Kurinczuk JJ, Lakhanpaul M, Nair M. Facility-based stillbirth review processes used in different countries across the world: a systematic review. EClinicalMedicine. 2023 May 1;59. doi:

Gwacham-Anisiobi U, Boo YY, Oladimeji A, Kurinczuk JJ, Roberts N, Opondo C, Nair M. Types, reporting and acceptability of community-based interventions for stillbirth prevention in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA): a systematic review. EClinicalMedicine. 2023 Aug 1;62.

Boo YY, Rai K, Cupp MA, Lakhanpaul M, Factor-Litvak P, Parikh P, Panda R, Manikam L; Childhood Infections & Pollution (CHIP) Consortium. What are the determinants of childhood infections in India's peri-urban slums? A case study of eight cities. PLoS One. 2021 Oct 15;16(10):e0257797. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0257797. PMID: 34653203; PMCID: PMC8519422.

Boo YY, Jutila OE, Cupp MA, Manikam L, Cho SI. The identification of established modifiable mid-life risk factors for cardiovascular disease which contribute to cognitive decline: Korean Longitudinal Study of Aging (KLoSA). Aging Clin Exp Res. 2021 Sep;33(9):2573-2586. doi: 10.1007/s40520-020-01783-x. Epub 2021 Feb 4. PMID: 33538990; PMCID: PMC8429388.

Manikam L, Bou Karim Y, Boo YY, Allaham S, Marwaha R, Parikh P, Lakhanpaul M; Childhood Infections and Pollution Consortium. Operationalising a One Health approach to reduce the infection and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) burden in under-5 year old urban slum dwellers: The Childhood Infections and Pollution (CHIP) Consortium. One Health. 2020 May 27;10:100144. doi: 10.1016/j.onehlt.2020.100144. PMID: 32518814; PMCID: PMC7272496.

Lakhanpaul M, Culley L, Robertson N, Alexander EC, Bird D, Hudson N, Johal N, McFeeters M, Hamlyn-Williams C, Manikam L, Boo YY, Lakhanpaul M, Johnson MRD. A structured collaborative approach to intervention design using a modified intervention mapping approach: a case study using the Management and Interventions for Asthma (MIA) project for South Asian children. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2020 Nov 2;20(1):271. doi: 10.1186/s12874-020-01148-y. PMID: 33138784; PMCID: PMC7607819.

Nixon LS, Hudson N, Culley L, Lakhanpaul M, Robertson N, Johnson MR, McFeeters M, Johal N, Hamlyn-Williams C, Boo YY, Lakhanpaul M. Key considerations when involving children in health intervention design: reflections on working in partnership with South Asian children in the UK on a tailored Management and Intervention for Asthma (MIA) study. Research involvement and engagement. 2022 Dec;8(1):1-0.

Manikam L, Dar O, Knight A, Khan M, Sadique Z, Light A, Boo YY, Emes DT, Tariq H. Economic impact of Ebola virus disease outbreak on an extractive firm: a case study. UCL Open: Environment. 2020 May 13;1(04):1-8. doi: 10.14324/111.444/ucloe.000007.