Caroline Minassian initially studied Experimental Psychology, graduating from Oxford University with a BA (Hons) in 2001. She joined LSHTM after completing the MSc in Epidemiology at the Electronic Health Records Research Group in 2007. Since then, much of her research has focused on investigating the role of acute infections and inflammation in vascular disease, using a variety of large electronic health datasets: UK primary care databases (including the Clinical Practice Research Database (CPRD) and linked Hospital Episode Statistics data) and US administrative claims databases (Medicaid and Medicare). In 2014, Caroline completed her PhD in this area. She has a particular interest in the application of case-only approaches to study design. Recent work includes a self-controlled case series study of acute cardiovascular events after herpes zoster in vaccinated and unvaccinated older individuals in the US. She is also especially interested in how to maximise the use of available information within electronic health records to improve identification of clinical outcomes and phenotypes. Caroline is currently co-leading a joint LSHTM-CPRD collaboration to develop an algorithm to identify and date pregnancies and their outcomes within the CPRD, part of the programme of work of the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Immunisation at LSHTM.